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A day in the life of the BP Carteret fuel terminal

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Located in the New York Harbour area, BP’s Carteret terminal is a major hub for fuel supply on the US East Coast. Every day, thousands of gallons of gasoline and diesel are transported, blended and stored by the Carteret team and then shipped out to serve the largest metropolitan area in the United States.

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A day in the life of the BP Carteret fuel terminal

  1. 1. FACTFILE ADAYINTHELIFE BP CARTERET FUEL TERMINAL NEW JERSEY, US HARBOUR LIFELocated in the New York Harbour area, BP’s Carteret terminal is a major hub for fuel supply on the US East Coast. Every day, thousands of gallons of gasoline and diesel are transported, blended and stored by the Carteret team and then shipped out to serve the largest metropolitan area in the United States. The nerve centre of Carteret TerminalmanagerJackCowart beginsthebusyworkdayfromhis office,wherehecoordinatesthe activitiesandoperationsforthe teamthatworksatthesprawling facility. In the dock house BPCarteretemployeesCharlie McGee,standing,andAnthony Williams,workoutthedetailsfor movingbargesinandoutofthe terminal’sbusydock,whichis locatedontheArthurKill.(Arthur KillisanAnglicizationofthe Dutchterm,achterkill,meaning backchannel.) Bringing in fuel Atdawn,abargeisberthedat thedock,whereBPemployees managethedailymovement ofproducttoandfromthe terminal’sstoragetanks.The ArthurKillprovidesaccessto bargesandocean-goingships. MARKET SHARE Largest of any distributor in the region. REGION Population of the New Jersey-New York City Metropolitan Area, about 20 million. OPERATIONS 24/7Every day of the year. About 30 employees and on, any given day, 20 to 60 contractors. SIZE 168acresMore than three times the size of BP’s Westlake campus in Houston. ANNUAL THROUGHPUT 15.8million barrels. STORAGE TANKS 16Above-ground storage tanks with a combined capacity of 1.2 million barrels. All tied up TerminaltechnicianJohnNitch,front, andoperatorJimVieringfinishthejob ofsecuringmooringlinestoarecently arrivedbarge.TheBPterminalcan receiveproductfromtwoseparate pipelines,barges,orships. Making connections Afterdocking,Viering,left,and Nitchhandlealargehoseusedto pumpproductintothestoragetank system.BP’sCarteretfacilityis operatedjointlywiththeadjacent KinderMorganterminal. The tankers keep rolling in ShiftsupervisorWilsonTubie isamemberoftheteamthat coordinatesthecomplexmovement offuelthroughthefacility’sintricate networkofpipes,manifoldsand storagetanks.Carteretblends differentgradesoffuelthatissold acrosstheregion.Tubiestandsby oneofthemanytankertrucksthat takeonfuel24hoursaday,everyday oftheyear. The fuel heads to market Atruckdriverconnectsahoseto anemptytankerinpreparationfor loadingthousandsofgallonsof fuel.Tankerdriversmustundergo periodicsafetytrainingatthe BPfacilityandadheretoastringent setofprocedures,includingthe wearingofhelmetsandgloves beforebeingallowedtopullintothe fuelrackforloading. Dockside pipes Aftersunset,anotherbargeis mooredandproductispumped throughamazeofpipes.Thedock- lineblockvalvesarecolour-codedin ordertotelltheoperatorswhattype ofproductisinthepipe. Ongoing inspections Thefuelisstoredintheterminal’s tankfarm.BPemployeesgoover acheck-listaspartofaregular inspection,inwhichthetanks aredrained,examined,andthen certified.

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