Gulf Gateway Terminal (GGT), which should increase barge traffic along the
Mississippi River and smaller tributaries, is scheduled to open next week at
the Port of New Orleans.
crude oil shipments by train from locations where hydraulic fracking operations
are underway, the oil will then leave GGT by barge destined for refineries
along the river or kept in storage. Its location on the Gulf Intracoastal
Waterway at the Industrial Canal will allow access by water to 12 major
terminal's unloading capacity is designed to handle one unit train per day. GGT
will be equipped to transfer up to 10,000 bph directly into barges or into a
tank with 103,000 barrels of usable storage.
should mean a lot more business for the refineries,” said Pat Gallwey, chief
operating officer at the Port of New Orleans. “It will create some job activity
and will definitely be a revenue producer for the port.”
joint venture between Bulk Resources
Inc. and Murex Ltd., GGT was 18
months in the making and has a 30-year lease with the port. “It’s the old
Elaine Street wharf and that property wasn’t set up for this kind of thing at
all,” said Gallwey.
41.5-acre terminal is designed to provide operational flexibility, optimizing
the movement of crude oil from rail to water.
unit-train capable terminal will be located on the New Orleans Public Belt
Railroad (NOPB), offering access to six major railroads, including Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BSNF), Union Pacific (UP), Canadian National (CN), Kansas City Southern (KCS), CSX and Norfolk Southern (NS).