ORE. (April 12, 2013) – Portland
Marine Terminal Upgraded for Soda Ash Exports
the installation of a new ship loader, removal of an outmoded structure and
dredging alongside the docks, Kinder Morgan’s soda ash export facility at the
Port of Portland’s Terminal 4 will boost efficiency and set the stage for
growth. The work is now underway, and slated to be complete in September.
ash, also known as trona, is used in the manufacture of glass and detergents,
and it is exported through Portland to countries around the world. It is mined
in Green River, Wyoming – home of the largest known naturally occurring
deposits in the world.
high quality product arrives in Portland loaded on unit trains of over 100 cars
in length, where it is then stored in a covered structure until it is loaded
onto bulk cargo ships via a ship loader conveyor system. That ship loader
portion of the conveyor system is being replaced by a state of the art, high
capacity loader that will increase productivity and overall efficiency.
Morgan has managed soda ash export operations at Terminal 4 since 1998 – and
under a different name when the mineral bulk facility was originally
constructed in 1987. The product is exported by ANSAC, which stands for the
American Natural Soda Ash Corporation. ANSAC is the largest soda ash exporter
in the world, operating as the sales, marketing and logistics arm for three
leading producers of natural soda ash in the United States.
negotiating a 10 year lease extension with two five year options, effective
January 1, 2013, Kinder Morgan committed to purchase and install the new ship
loader at Terminal 4. This private investment is estimated to total $9.5
February, Port Commissioners also voted to award a $715,000 contract to
Advanced American Construction, Inc., for the removal of an antiquated Dravo
bulk unloader at Terminal 4 and a pair of outmoded cranes at Terminal 6.
Previously used for unloading bulk products, the Dravo has not been used since
the mid-1990s. Removal of the massive equipment eliminates a liability and
increases the usable footprint for the operation.
September, maintenance dredging is scheduled at the ship berths to allow
unimpeded access for ships leaving the terminal fully loaded. Since 2008, about
5,000 cubic yards of new sediments have accumulated to the degree that its
40-foot operating depth is close to being compromised. This work is being
conducted under contract by the Port, per the Port’s lease agreement with
projects follow the recent completion of road and rail projects in Rivergate
Industrial District, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in private
investment at port facilities up and down the Columbia/Willamette river system.
The Port recently announced plans by tenants to expand facilities at the Auto
Warehousing Company facility at Terminal 6 and the Columbia Grain facility at
the Port of Portland
in 1891 by the Oregon Legislature, the Port of Portland owns four marine
terminals, three airports (Portland International, Hillsboro, and Troutdale)
and five industrial parks. The mission of the Port is to enhance the region's
economy and quality of life by providing efficient cargo and air passenger
access to national and global markets.