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GCAC/Air Products, Inc.
Methanol Terminal

Mobile, Alabama

Client Challenge:

In anticipation of increased product demand in southern region, client sought to expand raw material receipt and storage systems, but lacked on-site space and dock capacity. 

PRIME Solution:

Prime provided engineering concept, evaluation, and design services for the design/construct/finance project team responsible for delivering a new methanol storage facility located 60 miles from the client’s plant.  A new tank farm was constructed with two 150,000 BBL storage tanks, a 2,000 ft supply pipeline, and expanded dock off-loading systems at a neighboring facility’s dock.  Around the clock trucking operation has been proven cost effective to deliver methanol to the client’s plant.

Prime Engineering provided Design-Build services for a 250,000 BBL methanol marine receipt, storage, and truck distribution terminal.  Services included evaluation, planning, budgeting, and design for a Design / Build / Operate / Finance team of investors.  Our cost-effective solution was to identify an existing deep-water dock at a Mobile asphalt plant and develop the adjacent unused property for a new methanol truck-loading terminal connected to the dock by a product receipt pipeline.  The facility operates 24 / 7, supplying a continuous stream of tanker trucks making the round trip to Pace.  After evaluation of the terminal, Prime was again selected to provide engineering services including fire protection, civil/site grading and drainage, controls, utilities, structural and electrical.

Project scope included:

  • Two (2) 150,000 BBL above-ground bulk methanol storage tanks
  • Truck vapor combustion system
  • Two (2) bay 1,200 gpm tanker truck loading rack and canopy
  • 12,000 BPH marine vessel dock unloading station
  • 10” diameter marine loading  /unloading arm
  • Fire boat dock connection systems
  • Channel dredging and dock modifications to support 45,000 metric ton, 40-ft draft marine vessels
  • 1,200 lf of 16” buried product dock main through existing facility
  • 2,100 lf of 16” above grade product dock main to the new facility
  • 1,200 lf of 12”  buried spare product piping
  • 3,300 lf of 12” fire water piping from dock to the facility
  • 250 ft. multi-pipe bridge across State Hwy
  • Semi-fixed Aqueous Film Forming Foam fire suppression system
  • 2,500 GPM fire system diesel booster pump and facility loop
  • Integrated PLC-based loading rack control and inventory management system with internet monitoring
  • 800sf control and office building
  • Earthen fill for site flood control and containment dikes
  • Stormwater containment, management, sampling, and monitoring systems
  • Pre-cast concrete pile and cap foundations for bulk tanks
  • Cathodic protection systems
  • 40,000sf asphalt entry and exit roadways & DOT curb cuts
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