Over the past 40 years, some of the largest midstream companies in the country have trusted Superior to design and construct rail, pipeline and barge terminals of all scopes and sizes. Our most recent terminal opening for Crestwood Services in Montgomery, N.Y., was an excellent opportunity to combine our engineering, manufacturing, construction and safety expertise to deliver operational excellence.
Watch this video to learn more about Superior’s most recent propane rail terminal build for Crestwood Services in Montgomery, N.Y.Superior led all efforts in the design, engineering, permitting, construction, startup and commissioning of the terminal. The facility, one of the largest in the country, occupies 20 acres and is equipped to store over 280,000 gallons of propane.
The most critical part of the terminal construction process starts early, during the design phase, as a baseline is created for customer goals and expectations. Numerous factors must be taken into account as the builder attempts to meet efficiency (time and gallon) desires provided by the customer. These include: storage capacity and distribution requirements, land constraints, government restrictions and safety requirements, as well as budget.
Optimum loading speed and efficiency are key priorities, especially during peak winter demand. The Montgomery facility contains sixteen rail offloading stations on a continuous platform, operating two switches per day, which will ensure a capacity of approximately 100 trucks per day or a volume of one million gallons. The four-spot truck rack with turbine pumps will load four trucks in seventeen minutes, resulting in reduced wait times and efficient turnarounds. The terminal also integrates state-of-the-art technology, including electronic data transmission of every load. Maximizing the number of offloading stations while maintaining speed of extraction and accuracy provide economical savings to both the midstream supplier and marketer.
Our recent expansion of the Crestwood Services terminal in Davisville, R.I., is an excellent example of our turn key capability to increase terminal capacity with no disruption to the current facility. The Davisville terminal is located adjacent to a previously used propane storage facility that Crestwood acquired and wished to connect to its original location. Superior modified tank openings and piped to the adjacent facility, increasing storage capacity by 90,000 gallons. Supplementary compressors and pumps were implemented as well as an extension of rail track and an additional rail tower. Safety features, including hydrocarbon leak detectors and tank overfill protection were also added.
In addition to expanding or adding storage to your NGL facilities, we can recommend minor upgrades that can increase your unloading/loading times. Choosing a turn-key terminal builder who can cover all facets of the process is critical to a seamless, well organized and economically maximized build. If you’re looking to make your current or new terminal operations more efficient, let us show you why we are the best in the business.