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+ M A R I N E O I L T E R M I N A L S | DEPARTMENT AND FEATURES Spring 2013 Success with Marine Oil Terminals Overcoming the myriad challenges that come with these projects requires expert planning, permitting and licensing. BY BRENT MOORE AND SCOTT REED T he shale revolution continues to modify the North American energy landscape in ways previously unforeseen. After the epic fall of natural gas prices in late 2011, most upstream producers spent 2012 shifting their exploration and production to liquids-rich shale plays, particularly those containing crude oil in order to obtain higher margins. The location and volume of all this new crude oil has created a logistical problem: How to reach the market? Similar to natural gas, the existing crude oil pipeline infrastructure is significantly constrained. But unlike natu- 16 ral gas, crude oil doesn’t require compression for transport. As a result, rail transportation of oil is booming and has led to the growth of a new niche market: marine oil terminals. Dozens of these projects have been announced, complete with unit train unloading facilities to receive and store shipments of crude oil and move them to refineries. Marine oil terminal (MOT) development is one of the most challenging undertakings related to the liquid transportation fuel infrastructure today. Many MOT projects require the modification of existing port facilities or the redevelopment of older MOTs. This often means retrofitting the facilities within a working port or requiring remediation prior to construction and improvements. And even if the project incorporates every modern MOT design advance, it’s no guarantee that the public and their representatives will not fear the worst and challenge the development. Overcoming these broader technical, environmental, and political challenges through effective planning, permitting, and licensing is equally critical to moving a project from conception to completion. REGULATORY CHALLENGES It is the government’s intent, through the planning, permitting and licensing process, to ameliorate broad-scale im-

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Energy & Mining International - Spring 2013

Energy & Mining International - Spring 2013
Washington, D.C.
Independent Exploration
Drilling Down
Pipeline Infrastructure
Marine Oil Terminals
Eagle Ford Shale
Monterey Shale
Marcellus Shale
Bakken Shale
Monitoring Fracking
Compliance Abroad
Public/Private Sales
Qv21 Technologies
PVR Partners LP
Lake Truck Lines
Aurcana/Rio Grande Mining Co. – Shafter Mine
Ruder Ware
Legacy Steel Buildings
Mineral Park Mine/Mercator Minerals Ltd.
Hearn Trucking LLC
John Fithian Contracting Co.
Chemex LLC
Global Diving & Salvage Inc.
Gold Spur Trucking
TAM International Inc.
Industrial Minerals Focus
The Mouat Company
Hi-Crush Partners
Mill Creek Sand and Gravel/Peaskie Minerals
Del Sol Industrial Services Inc.
Market & Johnson
Fortress Proppants
Canada Focus
Strategic Oil & Gas
Copper Fox Metals
Standard Machine
Gold Reach Resources
Treasury Metals Inc.
Canadian Zinc
Havlik Gear
The Final Shot

Energy & Mining International - Spring 2013