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Howard Energy Expands To Support Port Arthur Diesel Plant

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Howard Energy Partners plans to significantly expand its Port Arthur, Texas terminal facilities to support Diamond Green Diesel’s recently announced plant, a 470-million-gallon-per-year renewable diesel production facility to be located at Valero’s Port Arthur refinery.

DGD is a 50/50 joint venture between Valero Energy and Darling Ingredients that announced in January it would construct a renewable diesel production facility with capacity estimated at 470 million gallons per year.

Engineering, permitting, and construction on HEP’s Port Arthur facility expansion has begun, with an in-service date coinciding with the startup of DGD’s new plant in 2023.

Howard Energy Partners will provide DGD with logistic solutions for renewable diesel feedstock and finished product through the construction of 575,000 barrels of tank storage, three pipelines and associated connections to Valero’s Port Arthur refinery, seven miles of rail track and associated rail unloading/loading facilities, truck unloading facilities, and a Panamax-class-capable deep-water dock. The new facilities are being designed to handle multiple products and have additional capacity for third-party shippers.

Once this expansion is complete, HEP’s Port Arthur facility will consist of 1.9 million barrels of refined product storage capacity, 16 miles of rail track with unit train and manifest service from two railroads, three barge docks, two ship docks, and pipeline connectivity to local refiners and major refined product distribution hubs.

Rod Pullen, vice-president of business development and asset optimization for HEP, said: “This significant expansion of our strategically located Port Arthur terminal illustrates the facility’s extensive footprint and capacity to grow and meet the needs of moving feedstock and refined products throughout the Gulf Coast market.”

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