A Galveston fuel storage operator plans to run a 50,000-barrel-a-day crude processing facility to make ship fuel as the maritime industry prepares for a significant tightening of emission standards.

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(8) comments

Gary Scoggin

Just curious, where does the sulfur removed from the fuel go?

Bailey Jones

When I was doing some research on the history of our house I was surprised to learn that Galveston had (and still has) a sulfur industry. Sulfur recovered during oil exploration as I understand it. There's a great big pile of the stuff on the north east coast of the island - you can see it from the causeway driving in.

Michelle Aycoth

You know exactly where it goes.

Gary Miller

Sulfur is a critical component of many manufacturing processes. Paper and textiles among others. Galveston has a very busy sulfur dock receiving and shipping the sulfur from sulfur producing wells and recovery processes.

David Smith


Gary Scoggin

I was wondering what deslfurization process they used. If they use hydrodesulfurization, it would be recovered as elemental sulfur and sent to the big sulfur terminal nearby.

There are technologies, like caustic scrubbing, that don't directly generate yellow sulfur but generate mercaptan-rich oils that are then reprocessed elsewhere or otherwise disposed of. Other processes result in other sulfur compounds that are then further treated.

The main thing is that the removed sulfur doesn't make its way into the environment as a free gas or liquid. I'm sure in today's world, it wouldn't be permitable to build such a unit.

Jim Forsythe

Gary, if you click on the link below it will take you to Texas International Terminals site. Go down a little, to the clip, and click on. About 1 minute in it looks like it starts showing bulk Sulphur loading. It looks like by the plot plan they are the ones or by the one's we see beside the causeway.

You are right by the different ways to take out the sulfur. One possibility is below.

UVR plants have the following advantages: Due to the possibility to choose an automatic or a semi-automatic mode the process does not require constant presence of an operator. It is only required when starting and stopping the plant and replacement of adsorbents; Low energy consumption;Versatility of application. UVR-type plant does not require any complex manipulation when changing the type of the cleansed, lightened or recovered fuel, or mineral oil. To change one raw material for another one it is enough to stop the plant, switch to manual mode, pump out residues of petroleum from the system and replace the used adsorbent and filter. For a small unit, go to

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Miceal O'Laochdha

If one drives down Old Port Industrial Road, rather than relying on what they can bring up on their computer, they will readily see that Savage Services has their sulfur terminal on the property adjacent to Texas International Terminals. The Port of Galveston's Pier 41 is their neighbor to the East. This facility has been in continuous operations under various corporate names (Duval, Freeport McMoRan, etc.) since at least the 1960's. For many years, their source of sulfur was mines both inland and a major mine offshore of the mouth of the Mississippi but, for more than a decade their mines have been shut down and their primary source of sulfur is that which is extracted by refineries in the pursuit of lowering sulfur in refined fuel products. Nothing new at all about Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD), it is just that the international requirements have been getting ever-increasingly lower on acceptable levels of sulfur in MGO (Marine Gas Oil).

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