As part of its full suite of midstream services, Howard Energy Partners owns and operates several bulk liquid storage facilities, handling products such as crude oil, natural gas liquids and refined products. HEP’s state-of-the-art and strategically located facilities provide strong, reliable service to meet our customers’ storage, distribution, blending and logistical needs.
Brownsville Liquids Terminal – One
The Brownsville Terminal adds another dimension to the full suite of midstream services offered by HEP. Located within the Port of Brownsville, Texas, in Foreign Trade Zone #62, the Brownsville Terminal consists of 21 tanks providing a total of up to 225,000 barrels of bulk liquid storage. The facility is strategically located and provides customers with valuable market access including:
- Access to the truck corridor between the Port of Brownsville and Mexico
- Interstate access via Interstate 69 and Toll Road 550
- Inland marine vessel access via the intercoastal waterway
- Deep water marine access via the Liquid Cargo Dock, capable of servicing Panamax class vessels
- Rail access via the Brownsville Rio Grande Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad
Brownsville Liquids Terminal – Two
In early 2015, HEP entered into a services agreement with PMI, an affiliate of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), for the storage and handling of fuel oil from various inland refineries in Mexico. These services will be provided via a new bulk liquid terminal facility to be constructed adjacent to HEP’s existing bulk liquid terminal facility in the Port of Brownsville, Texas, and will bring the company’s total storage capacity in the area to more than 500,000 barrels.
The new Brownsville Terminal will consist of four tanks ranging in size from 50,000 barrels to 100,000 barrels and will have an initial total capacity of 300,000 barrels, with the capability to expand to up to 700,000 barrels if necessary. All tanks, pipelines and related facilities will be fully heated, insulated and capable of handling products from rail cars, trucks and marine vessels. Construction is underway, and the new terminal facility is expected to be operational in the first half of 2016.
GT Omniport Terminal
HEP owns a majority interest in the GT Omniport Terminal, strategically located near Port Arthur, Texas. The terminal, which sits only 13 miles off the Gulf of Mexico, provides access to numerous refineries, chemical plants and pipelines nearby. The GT Omniport Facility currently features:
- 450 acres of land
- More than eight miles of rail including a unit-train loop track and railcar unloading facilities
- Four storage tanks with a total of 230,000 barrels of capacity
- A barge dock and more than 3,000 feet of deep-water frontage, which can be used to build multiple additional docks for ocean-going vessels
Plans are being made to expand the facility, which currently handles crude oil, to receive, blend, store and redeliver refined products and natural gas liquids. Additional storage capacity, interconnectivity to local refined products and crude oil pipelines, and up to four deep water docks are also being planned.