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Motiva, Vecenergy to build rail offloading facility at FEC-served ethanol terminal


Yesterday, Motiva Enterprises L.L.C. announced it reached an agreement with Vecenergy to construct a fuel grade ethanol rail offloading facility at Motiva’s Port Everglades, Fla., terminal. The parties are coordinating efforts with the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) to provide integrated rail-to-terminal services.

The expanded operations will accommodate the delivery of ethanol unit trains directly into existing Motiva storage tanks, Motiva Enterprises officials said in a prepared statement. Vecenergy, which currently operates a products terminal at Port Everglades, designs and builds 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," said Mark Huff, Vecenergy's managing director of commercial and corporate development.

Motiva’s FEC-served terminal targets U.S. ethanol producers and blenders. When the offloading facility is completed, an 80-car unit train will be off-loaded and returned to the supplier, according to Motiva, which currently operates ethanol hub facilities at terminals in Convent, La.; Doraville, Ga.; Providence, R.I.; and Sewaren, N.J.

“This project will result in supply chain improvements into south Florida in support of the ethanol market," said FEC President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Hertwig.

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