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Kinder-Morgan Splitter Tower traverses streets of Galena Park

KINDER-MORGAN’s T-102 SPLITTER made the trip down Clinton Drive last Monday, from the old Brown & Root dock on the ship channel, out on the roadway, and finally into the driveway of their new plant on the east side of Galena Park. The Tower is 20 feet in diameter, and when transported it is over 25 feet high and 200 feet long. Help was needed from the Galena Park police department for traffic control, and Centerpoint Energy to raise wires and traffic lights to make clearance for the height of the tower. Plant Manager Derrick Bockius reported that the move went as planned, and no major problems were encountered, due to advance planning and some modifications to the original plans. (K-M Photos).

KINDER-MORGAN’s T-102 SPLITTER made the trip down Clinton Drive last Monday, from the old Brown & Root dock on the ship channel, out on the roadway, and finally into the driveway of their new plant on the east side of Galena Park. The Tower is 20 feet in diameter, and when transported it is over 25 feet high and 200 feet long. Help was needed from the Galena Park police department for traffic control, and Centerpoint Energy to raise wires and traffic lights to make clearance for the height of the tower. Plant Manager Derrick Bockius reported that the move went as planned, and no major problems were encountered, due to advance planning and some modifications to the original plans. (K-M Photos)

GALENA PARK – Kinder Morgan has moved the largest piece of their new plant, a Condensate Processing Facility, onto the site from the fabricator’s plant a few miles west on Clinton Drive.

The original plans had called for a totally overland route to transport the tower, using Clinton Drive, Market Street, McCarty, and back to Clinton. However, obstructions and scheduling made the planners revise the route, using a barge on the ship channel for part of the trip, and the final leg from a dock down Clinton Drive, through the heart of Galena Park, and eastward to the plant site.

Plant Manager Derrick Bockius reports the plant will be in operation by October.

AERIAL VIEW on the new plant site shows the T-102 Splitter Tower negotiating a turn in the driveway, after it safely left Clinton Drive, out of view on the left. Galena Pakr is in the distance, looking west.

AERIAL VIEW on the new plant site shows the T-102 Splitter Tower negotiating a turn in the driveway, after it safely left Clinton Drive, out of view on the left. Galena Pakr is in the distance, looking west.

He said that the new “Splitter” would cost $370 million to build, and generate hundreds of temporary construction jobs and 23 full time positions. This is in addition to the 400+ employees that now work for Kinder-Morgan in the Galena Park area. Given industry standards, the community can expect another 150 jobs to be created in support of this plant by other businesses.

Tax revenue paid by Kinder-Morgan for this plant will have an enormous impact on local government. Bockius said that they estimate property tax revenue to the City of Galena Park at $1.4 million annually, and $2 million to the school district. Another $900,000 would be paid to Harris County.

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VOLUNTEERS REVITALIZE LOCAL PARK ALONG GREENS BAYOU

Volunteers planting shrubs and flowers at Thomas Bell Forest Park, on Greens Bayou near Normandy Road.

Volunteers planting shrubs and flowers at Thomas Bell Forest Park, on Greens Bayou near Normandy Road.

Employees and friends give back on 15th Annual LyondellBasell Global Care Day

CHANNELVIEW, Texas May 19, 2014 – LyondellBasell Channelview Complex employees and their families planted more than 2400 shrubs and trees at Thomas Bell Foster Park as part of the company’s Global Care Day. The event encourages LyondellBasell employees around the world to collectively participate in community service projects on the same day.

“As a dedicated organization that cares about the community and committed to being involved and making a difference,” said LyondellBasell Senior Engineer Susie Geraci. “This project will leave a lasting impression for everyone that visits the park.”

For the company’s 15th annual Global Care Day, volunteers in 20 countries on six continents demonstrated their commitment to their neighborhoods on Saturday, May 17.

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51st Annual Livestock Show & Sale: Channelview FFA Livestock Show grows in size and scope

Grand champion Steer shown by Colton Taylor

The Channelview FFA held its 51st annual Livestock Show at the Allen Hall Fairgrounds in Channelview on April 2nd through 5th. The community event highlights projects from the members of the Future Farmers of America and the 4-H Club. Students compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships through the show and auction of livestock projects.

The FFA has been a part of the Channelview ISD educational landscape since the mid 1960s. Over the last 50 years, the FFA’s livestock show has grown in both size and scope.

“In the early days, everything happened under one large event tent,” said Allen Hall, retired Channelview agricultural sciences teacher, director of vocational education, and director of transportation (1965-1998). “The first one I helped with was 30 ft by 60 ft, and was set up behind the old high school.”

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NORTH SHORE ROTARY: Winning Raffle Ticket goes to Shari Bigelow of North Shore

winning raffle ticket

DECISIONS, DECISIONS. Shari Bigelow, second from left, had the winning ticket last Saturday at the North Shore Rotary Fish Fry and Raffle, and had her choice of a new Toyota Avalon auto or Toyota Tundra pick-up truck, and was leaning toward the truck. The vehicles were provided by Community Toyota of Baytown. With the winner is Rotarian Jim Mills of Pineforest Jewelry, at center her husband Randall Rojas, and at right North Shore Rotary Fish Fry chairwoman Allatia Harris. Hundreds attended the annual Catfish Fry and Crawfish Boil at the North Shore Rotary pavilion on Wallisville.

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