- Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Terminal
Across the world, there’s a growing demand for U.S.-supplied liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). This steady rise in need prompted Phillips 66 to build a new LPG export terminal at its facility in Freeport, Texas. Phillips 66 turned to BMZ Export Terminal Partners (BMZ), a joint venture between Burns & McDonnell and Zachry Industrial Inc., to provide engineering, procurement and construction services.
The team designed and constructed three new natural gasoline storage tanks, as well as the necessary coalescer, pumps and meters to load the product directly to ship. A liquid propane storage tank, with necessary filter, coalescer, compressors and meters, as well as three new loading docks, were built.
At the height of the project, some 2,000 team members were on-site working toward one common goal, allowing our team to draw from many facets of our experience.
Front-end planning to project completion took place over the course of four years, including just more than two years for construction. The export terminal, which began operations in late 2016, has expanded Phillips 66’s exporting capacity to simultaneously load two ships with refrigerated propane and butane at a combined rate of 36,000 barrels per hour, giving the company one more way to tap into a growing market.
The timing of the project meant that the work would need to be completed within a short period, giving Phillips 66 the ability to quickly and fully capitalize on the growing market. Furthermore, the desired location for the new facility was on existing Phillips 66’s property — an area surrounded by wetlands, requiring completion of environmental permits to preserve the wetlands.
- Joint venture engineering, procurement and construction
- Front-end planning
- Environmental permitting