New Dry Bulk Dock In Operation
November 11, 2011
Installation of unloading equipment and conveyors at the Port's new Dry Bulk Materials Dock was completed earlier this year and is now in full operation. Ship and barge traffic at the dock continues to increase.
The deepwater public ship dock is designed to handle bulk carriers up to 740 feet in length. The system includes a traveling spiral conveyor unloading tower that feeds a continuous conveyor system extending to two nearby industrial sites.
Petroleum coke solid fuel is being delivered over the dock from barges. The first ship called at the dock in June, delivering a cargo of limestone from Central America.
Petroleum coke and limestone are being used to feed a 300-megawatt electric power plant built by Formosa Plastics Corp. near the Point Comfort harbor. The circulating fluidized bed (CFB) power plant was permitted and built on an 80-acre site purchased from the Port Authority in 2008. It is now supplying supplemental steam and electric power to Formosa's 1,600-acre chemical production complex located two miles to the north.
The Calhoun Port Authority owns an adjacent industrial site that is also served by the bulk dock and conveyor system. The property is part of the original 170 acres acquired by the Port Authority in 2004.
The remaining property includes the inactive natural gas fired 249-megawatt Ennis Joslin Station, a power plant originally built by Central Power & Light Co. in 1971 and later owned by AEP. The Port Authority is actively marketing this property.