September 26, 2022 [Storage Terminals Magazine] – Company reaches significant milestones on new Atlanta-Area terminal; adds optionality to Charlotte terminal.
Colonial Pipeline Terminals has reached several significant milestones in the construction of its new Austell Terminal near Atlanta while completing a new pipeline connection at its Charlotte terminal as the company expands service to offer additional options to customers.
Colonial Pipeline Terminals, a subsidiary of Colonial Enterprises, Inc. and an affiliate of Colonial Pipeline Company, completed foundation work and continues steel erection and piping installation at the Austell site. The terminal, which will be located adjacent to Colonial Pipeline Company’s Atlanta Junction Tank Farm, is the first new construction by Colonial Pipeline Terminals and is expected to be operational in the first half of 2023.
“While there are existing assets in the marketplace, we are excited that our customers recognize the value and benefits we are able to offer through the development of this new facility,” said Dan Gordon, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Colonial Enterprises, Inc. “This is an incredibly exciting time for Colonial Pipeline Terminals.”
Once operational, the Austell Terminal will be modern, technology focused, and driven by efficient loading operations, with improved driver productivity and trucking logistics in mind. Fuel truck drivers should experience quicker load times because the loading rack is designed for all products to be available from all lanes, eliminating the need to requeue to fill out a load.
The terminal will have an initial capacity of 30,000 barrels per day (bpd), with expansion potential to support the growing Southeast market.
Colonial Pipeline Terminals also recently completed the connection of its Charlotte truck terminal to the Products (SE) Pipe Line system, formerly known as Plantation, for inbound product deliveries. The dual connectivity of the terminal to both the Colonial Pipeline and the Products (SE) Pipe Line systems allows customers using the Charlotte truck terminal more optionality and security of supply.
The terminal, which offers customers throughput capacity of approximately 15,000 bpd, is also undergoing further capacity expansion and environmental projects, including the addition of a third loading bay and vapor recovery unit along with improved truck logistics and customer experience technology.
“Colonial Pipeline Terminals represents a strategic expansion and diversification of our portfolio’s customer offerings,” Gordon said. “Coupling our new Austell terminal with the increased optionality at Colonial Pipeline Terminals’ Charlotte facility further complements our strategic growth initiative to provide additional services to customers in their respective markets. Customers have a choice, and they are choosing Colonial for all we have to offer.”
Colonial entered the terminals business in 2020 with the purchase of three refined product terminals. With a subsidiary already boasting the largest refined petroleum pipeline in the United States, transporting more than 100 million gallons of fuel daily, the terminal business was a natural extension of the overall Colonial Enterprises, Inc. business strategy to diversify its portfolio and to serve customers in new ways.
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