Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New rail yard in Port Everglades Terminal on the horizon

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Motiva Enterprises LLC and Vecenergy have reached an agreement to construct a fuel grade ethanol rail offloading facility at the Motiva Port Everglades, Fla., terminal. The expanded operations will allow for the delivery of ethanol unit trains directly into existing Motiva storage tanks. The new facilities will increase cost-efficiency and improve delivery logistics by minimizing the number of transports required before arriving into the South Florida market.

"Motiva is ready to move forward with the construction of the rail offloading project," said Steve Herrington, Motiva general manager of supply. "Motiva and Vecenergy are pleased to be coordinating efforts with the Florida East Coast Railroad to provide an integrated rail-to-terminal delivery system."

Vecenergy currently operates a products terminal at Port Everglades and is active in designing and building operating facilities for offloading, storage and distribution of bulk petroleum products.

"This is a major step in making the Motiva Port Everglades terminal a multi-modal solution for ethanol distribution in the Port," stated Mark Huff, Vecenergy's managing director of commercial and corporate development.

"The FEC is committed to providing consistent, efficient unit-train service to the Motiva facility," said Jim Hertwig, FEC president and CEO. This project will result in supply chain improvements into South Florida in support of the ethanol market."

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