Enterprise starts Motiva Port Arthur products storage facility

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, June 7 -- Enterprise Products Partners LP announced the start of commercial operations at its refined products storage facility in Port Arthur, Tex. The facility was built to support the expansion of Motiva Enterprises LLC’s nearby refinery. The new tank farm serves as the sole distribution point for output from the refinery as part of a 15-year throughput and volume dedication agreement.

Motiva expects capacity at its Port Arthur refinery to reach 600,000 b/d in 2012. Enterprise subsidiary Teppco Partners LP signed an agreement with Motiva in December 2006 to construct and operate a refined products storage facility in support of the expansion.

Enterprise's roughly $330 million storage facility features 20 storage tanks with 5.4 million bbl of capacity for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. Five pipelines, each 5½ miles long, transport various products from the refinery to the storage site.

Distribution interconnects provide access to major refined products pipelines, including the Enterprise TE Products Pipeline, acquired as part of its purchase of Teppco in October 2009 (OGJ Online, June 29, 2009), as well as the Colonial, Explorer, and Sunoco systems.

Contact Christopher E. Smith at chriss@ogjonline.com.

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