GT Omniport, a multimodal facility located in Port Arthur, Texas, is an industrial park and liquids terminal offering rail, truck, barge, pipeline and deepwater ship transloading services. Located just 85 miles east of Houston on Taylor Bayou, this $96 million, 1,116 acre facility neighbors refineries with over one million barrels per day of capacity, multiple chemical and processing plants and is located less than one mile from over four million barrels of petroleum product storage capacity and pipelines currently serving the region.
In 2010, Remedial Construction Services, LP (RECON) began work at GT Omniport, the site was little more than an open field. The original site held an industrial plant that had been closed and demolished in the 1990’s. Our initial focus was to improve the soil in preparation for a new rail terminal and storage facility. We worked closely with the project engineers to locate existing lines, tanks and drainage structures. Once lines were located, we began demolishing the concrete and steel structures within the right of way, and clearing and grubbing the vegetated right of way. The concrete was crushed and beneficially reused onsite, which the brush and trees were burned using an air mover and burn pit. After the alignment was cleared the subsoils were stabilized. This was done to give the rail ballast a foundation capable of supporting 100,000 pound rail cars. The soil stabilization was completed using RECON’s patented blend of reagents. By doing so they were able to construct the rail lines on both dredge spoils and marsh lands. We have stabilized approximately 100,000 cubic yards of material for the rail road alignment and access locations.
The stabilized subgrade was graded to drain, and was overlain by 12 inches of crushed limestone and 18 inches of high compressive strength rail road ballast. In addition to construction of the rail road alignment, we also constructed: concrete pile caps; building foundations; concrete spill containment sumps; containment vaults; concrete pads for mechanical instrumentation and equipment. GT Omniport has since built a crude offloading rack for the import and export of crude from rail line to barge.
The industrial park and related tenant improvements are expected to create 1,000 jobs and $1 billion in new capital investment over the next ten years. The first train arrived in the rail terminal in April 2012 and is steadily increasing its operations. From the highly experienced concrete crew to the utilization of the best stabilization technologies, we received numerous accolades on their team player attitude.