January 16, 2013
TAC Energy is nearing completion of construction on a new diesel exhaust fluid distribution hub. The new facility will be online early February, and is located at Arkansas Terminaling & Trading in North Little Rock, Ark.Supplied by rail, the new facility is the first bulk DEF rail trans-loading facility in Central Arkansas, providing the most efficient and highest volume facility of its kind. Also, the new facility is the only DEF terminal in the nation located within a refined petroleum products terminal facility at this time. With the expansion at the terminal, TAC Energy will become a Tier 1 distributor of TerraCair Ultrapure Diesel Exhaust Fluid. Both on-road and non-road diesel equipment operators have rapidly become aware of diesel exhaust fluid as part of their fuel supply chain. With demand for DEF locked-in to growth as new equipment comes online, TAC Energy saw the need in the marketplace to invest three times the typical capital investment in a DEF hub with the inclusion of higher speed rack-type loading. According to TAC Energy Diesel Exhaust Fluid Business Manager Ron Klein, "What this means for our customers is a more efficient supply chain and single terminal of both diesel fuel and DEF." DEF will be supplied to TAC Energy's terminal hub via rail cars arriving from neighboring Terra Environmental Technologies. The product will be unloaded into multiple tanks at the terminal and then onto customers' bobtails and transports typically holding 5,000 gallons. DEF transports hold less than diesel since tanker construction is typically stainless steel and DEF is heavier than diesel.