Savage recently was selected by ExxonMobil and SABIC to design, build and operate a rail facility that will serve their recently announced joint venture—Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV), to be constructed in San Patricio County, Texas.
The rail facility will be located adjacent to the GCGV facility and will handle railcars transporting polyethylene, a plastic polymer used in the production of many commercial and consumer products.
“We’re excited to partner with GCGV on rail infrastructure and operations to support what will be a world-class petrochemical facility,” said Brad Crist, Savage’s energy and chemical sector president. “Our nearly two decades of handling plastics and working with major industry producers, coupled with our extensive rail experience, enable us to design this rail facility from an operator’s perspective to ensure it functions safely, efficiently and reliably without impact on the surrounding environment.”
The rail facility is expected to be completed in 2021, in anticipation of GCGV’s planned startup by 2022. Savage will provide multiple services at the site including rail switching and indexing, railcar washing and loading, railcar repairs and facility maintenance. Construction and operation of the rail facility will comprise part of the thousands of high-paying jobs and billions in economic output that will be created by the GCGV project.
Savage operates more than 50 rail terminals throughout North America, transloading hundreds of thousands of railcars of dry- and liquid-bulk commodities annually. The Company handles a variety of chemicals and petrochemicals, petroleum products, resins, fuels, food-grade products, construction materials and other industrial commodities.
“This project is an example of how we can bring our diverse rail, logistics, engineering and facility operations capabilities together to create value for our Customers,” said Kirk Aubry, Savage president and chief executive officer. “It’s the quality of our people, our solutions and our consistency delivering results that truly makes us distinctive in the markets we serve.”