Atlanta terminal expands ethanol capabilities

By Kris Bevill | September 23, 2010
Posted Oct. 8, 2010

Motiva Enterprises LLC, a refining, distribution and retail joint venture between Shell Oil Co. and Saudi Refining Inc., has expanded its Doraville, Ga., terminal to allow for delivery of Norfolk Southern Corp. unit trains transporting Midwest ethanol. Motiva said the expansion will enable an 80-car unit train to be off-loaded and returned to the supplier intact and will better serve ethanol producers supplying the Southeast market.

"Motiva is committed to enhancing its position in ethanol logistics throughout the eastern and southern U.S. by installing reliable ethanol blending capabilities at all of our proprietary terminals and at ethanol rail hub facilities where practical," said Dan Grinstead, general manager of supply at Motiva.

The Doraville terminals have the capability to store a combined 560,000 barrels of refined products, according to Motiva. Improved ethanol off-loading capabilities will potentially affect millions of gallons of ethanol delivered to by Norfolk Southern to the Atlanta metropolitan area, the company said.

"This is a major step in making the Motiva Doraville terminal the low-cost solution for ethanol distribution in the Atlanta metropolitan area," John Kraemer, Norfolk Southern group vice president, said. "Norfolk Southern is proud to partner with Motiva in this important supply chain improvement for the industry."

Motiva's operations have the capability to refine 740,000 barrels of fuel per day and markets transportation fuel to approximately 8,100 Shell gasoline stations in the eastern and southern U.S. The company currently operates ethanol hubs at terminals in New Jersey, Rhode Island, Louisiana and Florida and is considering adding rail capabilities to its ethanol hubs under development at Port Everglades, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C.