First U.S. crude oil shipment for export in 40 years

Emco Wheaton, part of Gardner Denver Energy, played a pivotal role in the transfer of the first shipment of U.S. crude oil for export in 40 years.

Using three Emco Wheaton marine loading arms (MLA) the Greek oil tanker, Theo T, was loaded on New Year’s Eve by NuStar Energy at its North Beach Terminal at Port Corpus Christi in Texas. In 2014 Nustar Energy made significant investments in the terminal equipment to cost effectively and safely supply crude oil to the global market.

Integral in NuStar’s ability to load export-size cargoes at a rate of 30,000 barrels per hour was a state-of-the-art metering system, vapour control system, and a dock structure with three marine loading arms. The complete MLA package for NuStar has been designed and manufactured at Emco Wheaton’s custom built plant in Kirchhain, Germany, the company’s MLA engineering and technology hub.

“It’s a great achievement for Emco Wheaton’s marine loading arms to play such an important role in US history and we’re proud to be a part,” said vice president Michael O’Neil.