DEF hub located within a petroleum terminal is first of its kind
TAC Energy’s new diesel exhaust fluid loading rack with rail supply hub in background.
DALLAS, Texas (January 14, 2013) – TAC Energy, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, is nearing completion of construction on a new diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) distribution hub. The new facility will be online early February, and is located at Arkansas Terminaling & Trading in North Little Rock, AR.
Supplied by rail, the new facility is the first bulk DEF rail trans-loading facility in Central Arkansas, providing the most efficient and highest volume facility of its kind. Also, the new facility is the only DEF terminal in the nation located within a refined petroleum products terminal facility at this time. With the expansion at the terminal, TAC Energy will become a Tier 1 distributor of TerraCair® Ultrapure Diesel Exhaust Fluid. Ken Martin, Terra’s Regional Distribution Sales Manager states, “The exciting thing about the terminal arrangement is not only that it has state of the art truck loading and 24/7 availability, but that it has a DEF terminal operating within a petroleum terminal.”
Both on-road and non-road diesel equipment operators have rapidly become aware of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) as part of their fuel supply chain. With demand for DEF locked-in to growth as new equipment comes online, TAC Energy saw the need in the marketplace to invest three times the typical capital investment in a DEF hub with the inclusion of higher speed rack-type loading. According to TAC Energy Diesel Exhaust Fluid Business Manager Ron Klein, “What this means for our customers is a more efficient supply chain and single terminal of both diesel fuel and DEF”. According to Klein, there are numerous other advantages, “Higher speed pumps at the rack mean more loads per driver. Additionally, TAC Energy customers can simply add DEF to their existing Loading Number at the terminal; ensuring seamless back office integration while eliminating the need for driver retraining. This all equates to lower operating costs for our customers.”
DEF will be supplied to TAC Energy’s terminal hub via rail cars arriving from neighboring Terra Environmental Technologies (Terra), a CF Industries Company, ammonia plants in Yazoo City, MS, Woodward, OK or the other DEF approved plants. The product will be unloaded into multiple tanks at the terminal and then onto customers’ bobtails and transports typically holding 5000 gallons. DEF transports hold less than diesel since tanker construction is typically stainless steel and DEF is heavier than diesel.
In December, TAC Energy combined its Caddo Mills, TX and Arkansas Terminaling & Trading operations into a master limited partnership with JP Energy Partners of Irving, TX. However, TAC Energy is the sole developer behind DEF hub project. “What this means for TAC Energy customers is a seamless transition when our customers add DEF to their supply chain. We now offer one call, one invoice, one solution supply to our diesel customers who will be using DEF when new equipment comes online.” This is according to Greg Arnold, President & CEO of Truman Arnold Companies.
Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is a non-hazardous product that consists of 67.5% de-ionized water and 32.5% urea. It is not a fuel additive and cannot be combined with diesel fuel, but rather is contained in a dedicated tank for diesel engines and injected into the exhaust system using a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. The EPA has emissions standards for NOx emissions, particulate matter and other pollutants from diesel engines. DEF, in conjunction with a Selective Catalytic Reduction System (SCR) is used in the emissions systems on new diesel powered equipment to meet these standards. When DEF is injected into the exhaust using a SCR system, it combines with a catalyst to break down NOx into nitrogen and water. In addition to reducing emissions, the added benefits of this system are increased fuel efficiency and longer oil change intervals. While the consumption of DEF varies, it typically ranges from 1.5% to 2.5% the volume of diesel fuel for a particular diesel powered machine or vehicle.
Diesel powered heavy duty highway trucks and busses started utilizing DEF and the SCR catalyst systems in 2010 to meet EPA emissions standards. By 2016, nearly all new diesel powered equipment and vehicles including marine and locomotive will be using DEF.