Fast, Simple Solutions to Increase Oil Storage Capacity

A historic price crash, coupled with a global public health crisis, have created an extreme demand shock in energy markets across the U.S. and around the world. As a result, storage space, both onshore and offshore, is rapidly filling up. America’s main delivery point in Cushing, Oklahoma is expected to reach maximum capacity by the end of May. Now, government and industry alike are scrambling to determine what to do if and when storage space across the country fills to capacity. Aura Engineering is ready and able to help ease the tension with simple, cost-efficient solutions to the problem. Our [...]

Stay Prepared with Spare Parts and Maintenance from Aura Engineering

As an essential business, Aura Engineering is at full staff during the COVID-19 crisis, ready to assist our clients with all of the engineering and design services they rely upon. All of our clients in the storage terminal and transfer facility industries are essential businesses as well, but this situation is far from business as usual. The crisis has highlighted certain needs that have become more challenging to meet in a time of social distancing and trade disruptions. One issue we have been paying very close attention to is the industry’s demand for spare parts.  There’s no question that it’s [...]

Pasadena, TX – Facility Vapor Control System

Aura recently commissioned a third vapor combustor for a facility on the Houston Ship Channel; the other two Aura-designed vapor combustors were installed in 2016 and have been running smoothly since that time. Each of our client’s three vapor combustors are capable of loading at 20,000 barrels per hour (BPH), for a total facility capacity of 60,000 BPH and can handle inbound movements from marine, rail, or truck sources. We are currently in the process of designing two additional vapor combustors that will add additional capacity to the facility. This client has many Aura vapor control systems located at their [...]

San Antonio, TX – Turnkey Terminal, Transfer, and Vapor Facility

The facility had an old truck rack in San Antonio, TX that caught fire and was completely destroyed. Aura was hired to complete the turnkey project from design through construction and startup. Our goals were to furnish all engineering, materials, construction, commissioning, and regulatory interface services necessary to construct the new tank truck loading area.  The facilities consisted of four (4) islands with loading arms, an automated custody transfer metering system, and a “Scully” type grounding and overfill system for each truck loading spot.  The loading area was covered by a steel canopy that is protected by a deluge system. [...]

Hayti, MO – Railcar to Marine Transfer Facility

Aura designed a railcar crude unloading facility at a terminal in Hayti, MO that is capable of unloading a 120-car unit train in less than a 24-hour period. The unloading hose connections are situated between two tracks which gives the ability to stage a second unit train while the first train is unloading.  The header empties into a sump where it is then pumped to above ground storage tanks or directly to a barge. Vapors displaced during barge loading are collected and destroyed via an open flame flare.  The marine vapor control system is capable of recovering vapors at 4,600 [...]

Corpus Christi, TX – Crude Oil Terminal Facility

Aura Engineering completed the design on a crude oil terminal facility, from the ground up, in Corpus Christi, TX. Our team designed all piping, from the four-stall truck unloading rack to the storage tanks and then on to the barge dock. The unloading rack included LACTs and monitoring equipment; each truck spot is capable of unloading 400 gpm for a total of 1,200 gpm simultaneously. Product arrives via truck in an unloading area, then into storage tanks, and finally to the barges. The pumps that run from the tanks to the barges are capable of 5,000 bph. Detailed construction documents [...]

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