Emco Wheaton plays key role in first U.S. crude oil shipment in 40 years

Emco Wheaton has played a pivotal role in the transfer of the first shipment of U.S. crude oil for export in 40 years, after the Theo T tanker set sail from the Port of Corpus Christi bound for Europe.  

The Greek oil tanker was loaded on New Year's Eve by NuStar Energy LP at its North Beach Terminal at Port Campus Christi in Texas using three Emco Wheaton Marine Loading Arms.

To cost effectively and safely supply crude oil to the global market, Nustar Energy LP made significant investments in its Corpus Christi terminal operations in 2014 with the purchase of new equipment. 

The addition of a state-of-the-art metering system, vapor control system, and a dock structure with three Marine Loading Arms from Emco Wheaton were integral in Nustar’s ability to load export-size cargoes at a rate of 30,000 barrels per hour.

Emco Wheaton VP/GM Michael O’Neil said: “It’s a great achievement for Emco Wheaton marine loading arms (MLA) to play such an important role in U.S. history and we are proud to be a part. The company has an enviable track record of providing MLAs to our clients that enhance the ease, safety and efficiency of their dock operations while at the same time meeting the highest standards of the oil & gas industry.”

Emco Wheaton designs and manufactures a wide range of highly engineered MLAs to load and unload almost any liquid and compressed gas product from river barges, ships and ocean going super tankers. 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.

Emco Wheaton is part of Gardner Denver Energy, a team of trusted brands – Gardner Denver Pumps, Nash and Garo – who have experience in delivering solutions across the entire energy spectrum – upstream, midstream, downstream.

The brands share technology and research across divisions; investing in the innovation that drives performance and value; and using the energy of our people to help produce the energy our world needs.  By working across our companies and with our customers, together we help create operations that are smarter, safer, and more sustainable.


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