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 were developed for all aspects of this project phase including mechanical, structural, electrical (480V, 120V, and 24V), instrumentation, and PLC control panel layouts. In addition to the facility design, we worked with the local electric utility company to size the incoming facility transformer to serve the truck unloading rack, retrofitted existing level switches with analog transmitters for remote monitoring of the facility tank levels, and modified existing I/O panels to accept the new transmitted level signals.
During commissioning, we were on-site working with the electrical contractor throughout the loop checks of the electrical components, for the start-up of the pumps, and for the first barge load.