By Gary Thomas
Eco-Energy, an integrated biofuel supply chain firm, has collaborated with NuStar Terminals Operations Partnership for the joint development of an ethanol unit train and storage facility to provide services for the Northern, VA and Washington, DC regions.
Under the long-term deal, Eco-Energy and NuStar will be involved in the joint development of an ethanol unloading, storage and outbound truck loading system at NuStar’s facility situated in Dumfries, VA. Both companies will be responsible for their own construction and renovation costs.
The ethanol unit train facility will feature an ethanol storage capacity of 155,000 barrels and will be capable of supplying more than 400,000 barrels per month. The terminal will provide access to product round-the-clock and will be capable of handling as high as 96 rail car unit trains through CSX Transportation with a turnaround time of 24/36 hours. The Dumfries site is slated to start operations in Q3 of 2013.
Eco-Energy’s Vice President of Operations, Chadwick Conn stated that the company is happy to partner with NuStar to develop this ethanol terminal and storage facility for the Northern, VA and Washington, DC markets.
Danny Oliver, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at NuStar, stated that this a key project for the biofuel manufacturers, partners and end users. The company is happy that it will be able to supply ethanol more rapidly to this expanding market at a lower cost.
Eco-Energy’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Gwaine Ton stated that the company continues implementing its terminal strategy and the site will be opened for use by both biofuel manufacturers and end users looking for efficient distribution of biofuels in the markets.