Moda Midstream has commenced deliveries of storage tanks to customers from its 10 million barrel expansion at the Moda Ingleside Energy Center (MIEC) in Ingleside, Texas. 

To date, Moda has delivered 2.4 million barrels of new storage capacity ahead of schedule and has combined total storage of approximately 4.4 million barrels at MIEC and the Moda Taft Terminal. Moda expects to deliver half of the 10 million barrels of expansion tankage to customers and will have total capacity of approximately 7 million barrels by the end of 2019.

Moda President and CEO Bo McCall, said: “We have received strong demand for additional storage and throughput commitments to support our next expansion phase that will be similar in size to what we are executing today and will be easily accommodated at MIEC’s 925-acre footprint and expansive waterfront.”

New marine enhancements

Moda also announced it has commenced new marine enhancements. MIEC was originally designed by the U.S. Navy to support a carrier battle group that would accommodate an aircraft carrier and battleship. MIEC will be one of the first destinations to benefit from the Port of Corpus Christi Channel Improvement Project to increase the depth of the channel from -47’ to -54’ mean lower low water (MLLW). Moda has begun structural enhancements and dredging to Berth 5. These enhancements will allow for the docking of Suezmax class vessels. They have also begun improvements to Berth 4. These enhancements will allow for the docking of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs). In addition, effective Sept. 1, 2019, the Port of Corpus Christi Pilot’s Association published an exemption to the daylight-only restrictions for certain Suezmax vessels. This exemption expands potential transit windows and allows further efficiencies at MIEC’s docks.

“We are thrilled to be adding a second VLCC berth at MIEC to give our customers unparalleled optionality,” McCall added. “MIEC already has the highest marine loading rates and fastest turnaround times of any Gulf Coast crude oil terminal. We are continuing to invest in our waterfront to enhance our capabilities and ensure efficient, safe and reliable loading.”

MIEC relies upon a state-of-the art design to seamlessly handle multiple grade segregations and ensure product integrity for all of its customers. MIEC is uniquely positioned to receive crude oil simultaneously from three long-haul Permian pipelines: the Cactus Pipeline, the Cactus II Pipeline and the EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline. Furthermore, Moda has substantially completed all of the infrastructure required to connect with the Gray Oak Pipeline and will be ready to receive deliveries at MIEC when the pipeline begins operations.

Moda Taft Terminal

Moda recently placed tankage in service at the Moda Taft Terminal, which is located at the center of an emerging pipeline and storage hub near Taft, Texas. The Moda Taft Terminal is connected to the EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline and Moda’s 20-inch pipeline between the Inner Harbor and MIEC. The terminal will be connected to the Cactus II Pipeline, the Gray Oak Pipeline and other crude oil systems. Development at the Moda Taft Terminal will provide customers additional storage and delivery optionality with access to key locations in Ingleside and the Port of Corpus Christi’s Inner Harbour.

Moda Ingleside Express Pipeline

Moda is evaluating the construction of an additional pipeline, the Moda Ingleside Express Pipeline. It would be bi-directional and run between MIEC and Taft. The new pipeline would provide customers additional connectivity between the Moda Taft Terminal and MIEC’s world-class waterfront.

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8th November 2019