Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP) LP announced commercial operations are underway for phase one at the 185-acre Battleground Oil Specialty Terminal Co. LLC (BOSTCO) project on the Houston Ship Channel.
About 20 of the 51 storage tanks built during phase one were placed in service in October and the remaining tanks will come online in the next six months.
A two-berth ship dock and 12 barge berths are also scheduled to be in service shortly. The BOSTCO terminal is fully subscribed for a total capacity of 7.1 MMbbls and is able to handle ultra-low sulfur diesel, residual fuels and other black oil terminal services.
Phase two is underway and involves construction of six, 150,000-bbl, ultra-low sulfur diesel tanks, additional pipeline connectivity and high-speed loading at a rate of 25,000 bbls per hour. BOSTCO expects phase two to begin service late next year.