Grays – optimising future fuels growth

The completion of a multi-million pounds infrastructure upgrade programme at Inter Terminals’ Grays facility on the Thames has increased throughput capacity and enabled the receipt/dispatch of increased volumes of petrol/diesel at significantly faster rates than previously possible.

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“Following the upgrade, larger cargoes of hydrocarbons are now being received at Grays with the terminal currently handling in excess of 300 loads per day,” said David McLoughlin, managing director and country manager for the UK and Ireland

A key regional supply point, Grays provides cost-effective access to London’s fuel distribution network. The facility, which can receive product by sea and road and redelivered by road, has upgraded its two existing jetties to accommodate larger vessels. With an improved depth up to 12.8m, max LOA of 244m and unrestricted beam the jetties can now receive vessels up 40,000 tonnes.
New marine loading arms and mild steel pipelines have been installed allowing for faster discharge of cargoes into storage. As a result, discharge rates from vessels have more than doubled to 1,600 cbm/hr, thereby substantially reducing vessel turnaround times at the jetties.
Road loading facilities have also been improved with retail loading gantries increased to seven, together with additional commercial loading capacity. New five-arm gantries now allow different products to be loaded at each loading bay, saving both time and cost for customers.
Inter Terminals’ UK storage facilities handle a significant percentage of the UK’s imported fuel requirements and are designed to enable a seamless flow of petrol, diesel and other fuels to retail outlets, further strengthening Inter Terminals’ position in this competitive market.
Grays terminal specialises in the storage and handling of high/low flash petroleum products, including diesel, gas oil and kerosene. The facility has a total storage capacity of 310,489m3 across 51 mild steel tanks in a range of capacities to suit individual storage requirements.
“The strategic investment in Grays terminal will contribute to the provision of a reliable fuel supply to the south east of England, which is essential to the region’s economy,” said David McLoughlin, Inter Terminals’ managing director and country manager for the UK and Ireland.