Webster Crude Oil Storage Expansion Project

Terminals such as ExxonMobil Pipeline Company’s Webster Station in Webster, Texas, are important components of the pipeline networks that safely and reliably transport the crude oil and related products we use every day. ExxonMobil Pipeline Company is planning to increase the Webster terminal's receipt and takeaway capacity as well as its storage capacity to prepare for increased crude oil production from the Permian Basin.

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Safety is a core value at ExxonMobil Pipeline Company. As we work with national, state, and local leaders, we will continue to put the safety of communities at the forefront. For additional guidance from health and business leaders, visit these resources:

Health Resources:
Harris County Public Health
Ready Harris
United Way of Greater Houston
Texas Department of State Health Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Business Resources:
Deer Park Chamber of Commerce
Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Small Business Association

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About the project

The Webster Station is currently connected to five pipelines, and its five tanks have a maximum storage capacity of approximately 859,000 barrels. However, the terminal is expected to become an important transition point along the Wink to Webster pipeline system, receiving ExxonMobil’s increased crude oil production from the Permian Basin and delivering it to the company’s expanding refineries along the Gulf Coast. The project will include the construction of eight new storage tanks within the existing fence line and on land where other tanks previously stood.

It is anticipated that as the capabilities of the Webster Station grow, so will its contributions to the economic well-being of the community. This project represents a significant investment in the economy of the local area. In addition, construction activity will support a number of well-paying construction jobs, and the operation of the expanded terminal is expected to create approximately five additional full-time jobs.

Information on the Wink to Webster Pipeline is available here.

A short video on how we confirm the location of existing pipelines and underground utilities can be found here.

Proposed new tanks, Webster Terminal

Safety is our top priority

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company's commitment to the safe and responsible operation of all its facilities and pipelines begins with project planning and design. The new storage tanks will be built according to ExxonMobil’s rigorous tank construction guidelines, which are often more stringent and conservative than the relevant regulations and standards. They will incorporate a number of safety features, and the emission-efficient tanks will be built to satisfy best available control technology requirements.

Safety features include:
• Tanks spaced at greater distances than even those recommended
by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA);
• Heat detection cables installed around seals that alarm as soon as
abnormal heat is detected;
• Dike walls built around the tanks;
• Wide access provided through remote-controlled gates;
• New access roads built around the tanks;
• Firewater system installed around the storage tanks; and
• Foam systems for each tank that will provide 20 minutes of foam as
recommended by the NFPA.

The emission control features will exceed state and federal control technology requirements and will include:
• White tank exteriors that help keep temperatures down inside the tanks;
• External floating roofs that rise and fall with the level of the crude oil inside the tank, restricting the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs);
• Double seals will be installed between the floating roofs and the tanks to further reduce emissions; and
• Geodesic domes that provide additional emission control and protection from extreme weather events.

Emergency response & preparedness

Safety is a core value at ExxonMobil Pipeline Company. Process safety - thoughtful, proactive risk management actions and safeguards - is one of the most important things we do. We strive for an incident-free workplace and a culture that supports our clear and simple objective: Nobody Gets Hurt. This extends to our neighbors and those who live and work near our pipelines and facilities.

While we manage our business with the goal of preventing incidents, we are prepared to conduct an effective emergency response associated with our operations, should it be necessary. Each ExxonMobil site worldwide has an emergency preparedness and response plan, and the Webster Station is no exception. Employees prepare themselves through training, simulations, and drills on a recurring basis. Similar to all of our operating businesses and major sites, Webster Station has trained teams that are routinely tested against a range of scenarios.

Commitment to our neighbors and the environment

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company believes open communication is important to maintaining the safe and responsible operation of our facilities.

We are committed to developing this project in a safe and responsible manner and maintaining communications with the City and its residents throughout the project.

As this project progresses through permitting and planning stages, we will maintain engagement with local officials and our neighbors to ensure an open-line of communication and to incorporate feedback into our planning and design process.

Training program for emergency response personnel

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company recently worked with the National Association of State Fire Marshalls to make their existing Pipeline Emergencies online training program available to emergency response personnel within the company’s operating areas. The cost for participating departments is covered by a grant from ExxonMobil Pipeline Company.

The program, held at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Brayton Fire Training Field, includes classroom studies and practical, hands-on live-fire exercises to introduce and reinforce tactical methods to mitigate an industrial or pipeline emergency.

More than 150 firefighters participated in 2019 (see this video of a former participant), and we have open dates available in 2020 for an additional 150 firefighters (50 firefighters/class):

June 27-28, 2020
September 26-27, 2020
December 5-6, 2020

Information on 2020 training dates and how to apply is available here.

Focused on promoting STEM programs for students and their teachers

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company works with the Tapia Center at Rice University to conduct STEM-based summer camps for 8th-12th grade students and their teachers. Information on the 2020 camps and video featuring students and educators can be found here.

Resources

If you have questions about this project or would like general information , please contact us at:
888-804-4788
public.awareness@exxonmobil.com

If you are a neighbor, you can also contact your project representative.

More information on ExxonMobil Pipeline Company is available here.

Information on 811, the national call before you dig number, is available here.

Learn about pipeline safety and the 2020-2022 API-AOPL Strategic Plan in the 2019 API-AOPL Pipeline Performance Report.

Information on career opportunities with ExxonMobil is available here.

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