Flint Hills building its first Texas ethanol terminal

Jan. 27, 2016

Flint Hills Resources (FHR) is moving forward with a project to build its first ethanol terminal in Texas. Construction of the Buda TX terminal began in January, and the facility should be operational by December 2016.

The new terminal will include a rail spur, two storage tanks, a truck-loading rack, water storage and an operations building.  Over a hundred contractors will be employed for construction of the state-of-the-art facility.

“Buda is an efficient distribution hub to our existing Texas fuel terminals and this centralized location will enable us to meet the ethanol demands of our customers throughout Central and South Texas,” said Nathan Brubaker, Texas marketing general manager for Flint Hills Resources.

FHR owns and operates Texas refined products terminals in San Antonio, Bastrop, Austin, Mustang Ridge, Waco, Corpus Christi, and Euless. It also has refined products terminals in Iowa, Wisconsin, Alaska, and Minnesota. FHR has been blending ethanol since the 1990s and entered ethanol production in 2010 with the purchase of two plants in Iowa. Today, the company has seven ethanol plants located in Iowa, Nebraska, and Georgia.

FHR is committed to achieving the highest levels of safety, along with environmentally responsible operations. In 2015, the terminal operations group received its fifth Safety Excellence Award from the International Liquid Terminals Association, and previously received the organization’s Platinum Safety Award, its highest award for safety.

Four Texas terminals were the first in the industry to receive VPP STAR certification under OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs for continued outstanding safety and operational record and programs. The group’s outstanding safety record is consistently recognized by national and state safety councils each year.