The award was given for EEC’s Biodiesel projects with Marathon Petroleum. EEC provided “Definition” Phase Engineering Services for biodiesel projects in Catlettsburg, Kentucky and Kenova, West Virginia Terminals. Major tasks included:
- Relocation of all existing utilities and structures conflicting with new construction.
- Design of structural supports for all platforms, stairways, piping and other equipment.
- Storm water design of tank farm containment drainage system.
- Mechanical piping design and preparation of isometric piping construction drawings.
- B100 (100% Biodiesel) Barge off-loading system and B5 (5% Biodiesel, 95% Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel) blending system piping.
- Electrical design of all power and control wiring, conduit and other components.
- Specification of all instrumentation and process safety systems.
- Construction assistance as required.
Biodiesel is a diverse, renewable energy source produced from plant or animal agricultural bi-products and co-products such as :
- Soybean and other plant oils.
- Rendered animal fats.
- Recycled grease.
Biodiesel exhibits physical and chemical characteristics which make it difficult to store, blend and transport including:
- High Cloud Point Temperature
- High Cold Filter Plugging Point (CFPP).
- Lower power, torque, and fuel economy at high concentrations.
- Incompatibility with common elastomeric materials.
- Incompatibility with common metal alloys.
- Hygroscopic properties which may cause moisture build-up.
Understanding and accounting for these undesirable properties, MPC with EEC as the primary design consultant, and a team of sub-consultants, designed the biodiesel facilities to operate safely and efficiently in most weather conditions.
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