HOUSTON – Oct. 14, 2014 – Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. announced last week an expansion project at its Pasadena and Galena Park terminals that will provide additional infrastructure to help meet growing demand for refined product storage and dock services along the Houston Ship Channel. The combined investment of approximately $240 million will include the construction of 2.1 million barrels of storage between the two terminals. Kinder Morgan will also construct a new ship dock capable of handling ocean going vessels and infrastructure improvements at its Galena Park Terminal that will significantly increase the vessel load rates across the existing ship docks. The project is backstopped by long-term contracts with existing customers.
The new ship dock and the existing Galena Park ship docks will be capable of loading vessels at rates up to 15,000 barrels per hour.
“The new tankage will provide refined product producers and traders the ability to send more barrels to the water for international exports or to the network of pipelines for domestic use,” said John Schlosser, president of Kinder Morgan Terminals. “Kinder Morgan will now have nine ship docks on the Houston Ship Channel and will double the load rates on existing docks. We see continuing strong demand for transporting fuel to the Gulf Coast to reach export markets.”