Buckeye Partners, L.P.

Port Everglades Pump Station Jet Fuel Transfer Improvements
Project Overview
Project Goals
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Our Team
Project Details
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An Opportunity to Expand

When Buckeye Partners saw an opportunity to expand their capacity of jet fuel pumping to airports in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area, they reached out to S. T. Hudson for help. Their active pump station was already supplying oil via direct pipelines, but expansion put a new business opportunity on the horizon. The increased throughput would not only result in additional revenue for Buckeye, but would also support a less obtrusive means of transport via pipeline.

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Project Goals

For Buckeye Partners, the more oil they move, the more revenue they see. So when the opportunity to upgrade and broaden their jet fuel pumping capacity arose, they jumped into action. Their main goals for the Port Everglades project were to:

Seize a New Business Opportunity

While Buckeye Partners were already utilizing their pipelines to transport fuel to both airports, expanding and making upgrades would allow for even more opportunities to transport fuel as well as work with partner companies.

Expand Capacity for Jet Fuel Pumping

To allow for additional capacity, the project involved both expanding existing pipelines as well as delivering upgrades that would enhance performance.

Key Upgrades & Additions

1
New Meter Station
250
Horsepower

Vertical Deep Well Pump

1
4160-480 Volt

Transformer for 250HP Motor

10
MOVs

Our Team

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Robert Hudson, P.E.

President and Chief Executive Officer
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Robert Hudson, P.E.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hudson is a Senior Civil/Structural Engineer with over 40 years of experience in the design and construction of marine facilities. He has special expertise in construction methods and estimating. Over the course of his career, Mr. Hudson has been involved in a wide range of construction activities, with emphasis on marine structures, bridges and pile foundations.

In 2002, Mr. Hudson became President and Chief Operating officer of S. T. Hudson Engineers, Inc and continues to serve in that capacity today. Mr. Hudson is a Registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. His professional affiliations include The Ports of Philadelphia Maritime Society; The Deep Foundation Institute; The American Society of Civil Engineers and The National Society of Professional Engineers.

James Thomas

Chief Operating Officer & Vice President
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James Thomas

Chief Operating Officer & Vice President

Mr. Thomas is Hudson’s Chief Operating Officer and has over 35 years of broad experience in the planning, design, management and execution of marine construction and dredging projects.

Mr. Thomas has worked on projects throughout the United States, the Caribbean, South America and the Middle East. His marine construction and dredging experience includes participation in small to large scale capital works, maintenance and superfund projects. He has managed the construction of offshore ocean ship berthing facilities as well as the construction of harbor berth facilities and terminals.

Leslie (Hudson) Gerhard

Vice President
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Leslie (Hudson) Gerhard

Vice President

Ms. Gerhard is Vice President at S. T. Hudson Engineers, Inc. with over 15 years of experience in marketing, company operations, contract administration, and client relationships. She is responsible for day-to-day office operations, generating and overseeing proposal submissions, marketing efforts, contract administration, team recruitment, and coordination and administration of the summer internship program. In addition, she is involved in developing business among existing clients and new clients which contribute significantly to corporate revenues.

Ms. Gerhard is part of the fourth generation of Hudson family members working in the business, working side by side with her father, Robert S. Hudson, P.E., to lead S. T. Hudson Engineers, Inc.

Anthony DePasquale, P.E.

Vice President & Director of Marine Engineering and Environmental Services
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Anthony DePasquale, P.E.

Vice President & Director of Marine Engineering and Environmental Services

Mr. DePasquale is a Civil & Geo-technical Engineer with 37 years of experience as a designer, construction manager, negotiator, and permitting consultant with the US Army Corps of Engineers. He specializes in the design, management, and construction of flood protection systems, bulkhead rehabilitation, and waste and dredge disposal containment facilities.

In addition, he has reviewed and negotiated numerous construction contract claims, permitting issues, and engineering disputes. Mr. DePasquale's experience has given S.T. Hudson valuable insight into the permitting process and environmental impact assessments from the viewpoint of the USACE and other regulatory agencies.

William Jenkins

Vice President & Director of Marine Services
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William Jenkins

Vice President & Director of Marine Services

Mr. Jenkins has 17 years of experience and a comprehensive knowledge of various hydrographic technologies and methods.

Recently, Mr. Jenkins has applied his talents to implementing various multibeam hydrographic surveys for ship navigation safety, object detection, clearance surveys, sediment transfer surveys, pre- and post-dredge surveys, and bridge inspection scour monitoring.

John Carroll

Director of Mechanical Services
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John Carroll

Director of Mechanical Services

Mr. Carroll is a Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of experience as an engineer and project manager for the petrochemical industry.

Mr. Carroll’s specialty focus is on terminal engineering and consulting, and he has worked for, on, and with many of the major terminal facilities on the U.S. East Coast.

This experience has given S.T. Hudson the capacity to execute terminal design projects to complement our marine engineering services and make Hudson a turn-key design company capable of providing engineering services for the whole terminal.

Michael Barbetta, P.E.

Department Manager - Marine Structures Engineering
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Michael Barbetta, P.E.

Department Manager - Marine Structures Engineering

Mr. Barbetta is a Senior Engineering Manager with over 30 years of experience in marine terminal, building and petrochem projects.

Mr. Barbetta is experienced in managing civil/structural engineering projects and personnel, as well as executing front end loading through detailed design. He is familiar with structural engineering software such as OPTIMOOR, STAAD, Visual Analysis, MathCAD, AutoCAD and L-Pile. Additionally, Mr. Barbetta performs engineering work-flow processes, QA/QC and constructability reviews, prepares feasibility studies, develops engineering budgets and schedules, and supports business development.

Alan Stoner

Chief Draftsman / Senior Designer
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Alan Stoner

Chief Draftsman / Senior Designer

Mr. Stoner has 46 years of experience in all aspects of drafting (including years in CADD) and field survey work. He has been with Hudson Engineers for 45 years. As Chief Draftsman/Senior Designer for S. T. Hudson Engineers, his primary responsibility involves training, supervision, and scheduling of personnel and supervising the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of the work in the drafting department.

Mr. Stoner serves as the liaison between the drafting, engineering, and field survey departments. He is responsible for the layout and coordination of drawings in the civil, structural, mechanical and electrical disciplines. He is also responsible for the maintenance of all drawing files and project records.

Project Overview

Pipeline company Buckeye Partners makes money by transporting oil products, including crude, fuel, and diesel, through their pipelines — from their own tanks to their customers’ tanks, or from other people’s tanks and ships to various customers. To expedite their throughput, S. T. Hudson worked with Buckeye to expand and upgrade their jet fuel pumping abilities in Port Everglades, a venture that would better serve area airports and increase profits.

With a vast 6,000 miles of pipeline, Buckeye Partners is one of the largest independent liquid petroleum products pipeline operators in the U.S. Having worked with S. T. Hudson on several additional products, Buckeye was adequately familiar with the company’s capabilities. The Port Everglades project had a quick timeline and strict commercial deadlines, necessitating a high level of expertise and professionalism. Due to their past positive experiences, Buckeye trusted S. T. Hudson’s ability to deliver results quickly and efficiently.

Once the scope was established, the project was fully underway. The S. T. Hudson team set out for the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area to assess the current setup and get accurate pictures and measurements. Using S. T. Hudson’s advanced laser scanning technology, the team was able to gather the data they needed, creating detailed, 3D digital pictures that they would later use to generate a 3D model. This provided the S. T. Hudson team with remote access to real-time data, eliminating the need to return to the site to make measurements.

Over the course of just a few months, the S. T. Hudson team took several actions to improve the pump station jet fuel transfer in Port Everglades, including removing a pumping station bottleneck, which allowed Buckeye to transfer jet fuel to FLL and MIA simultaneously, installing a dedicated booster pump and custody transfer meter, and modifying the shipper manifold at the Buckeye Port Everglades Pump Station. Together, these improvements served to increase jet fuel pumping rates for two airports that are integral to travel in the South Florida area.

Project Highlights

Team
  • Navigated roadblocks with ease: when discovering previously undetected piping once they started digging, the S. T. Hudson team managed to update the design quickly and without delay, helping the project stay on track. Today, S. T. Hudson uses ground-penetrating radar, which would prevent this issue.

     

Equipment
  • Installed new 250 HP vertical deep well pump
  • Installed new Coriolis custody transfer meter

Instrumentation/Electrical
  • Tied into spare breaker on 4160 bus
  • Installed new pad-mounted 4160-480V transformer for 250HP motor
  • Built new meter station with Coriolis meter, temp/pressure transmitters, and signal wiring to control system
  • Integrated variable frequency drive into the existing control system
  • Installed suction & discharge pressure transmitters

     

Piping
  • Installed 10 MOVs and modify existing manifold
  • Added piping tie-in from manifold to booster pump
  • Installed underground piping from booster pump to new meter station
  • Installed underground piping from meter station to existing Buckeye pig station and tied in piping

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