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Icy Waters Present a Challenge to Barnhart

By: Meredith Portman – Barnhartcrane.com

Barnhart prides itself on keeping jobs on schedule, but sometimes Mother Nature trumps all our careful planning.

Such was the case recently when Barnhart was hired by BP to move a knock out drum (KO) to a refinery in Ohio. The KO drum, which weighed around 220,000 lbs. was 72 feet long, 18 feet tall and 21 feet wide.

The project started in December at the Port of Catoosa in Oklahoma and would end at the Port of Toledo in Ohio. Barnhart loaded the drum into a hopper barge to be transported by the river system to Chicago. The low profile barge was required in order to pass under one of the bridges along the route. But since it could only be used for inland waterway transportation, the cargo would have to be transferred to another barge to complete its journey.

The barge got to Chicago on New Year’s Day. The KO drum was offloaded and loaded onto an ABS certified Barnhart deck barge for transport to Toledo with a 550 ton DeMag TC 3000 lattice boom crane. That’s where the plan hit a snag.

The barge was accompanied by two commercial tugs, but once it reached the Straits of Mackinac, the narrow waterway that connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, it was stopped by ice. The straits and parts of the lakes were frozen solid due to the extreme temperatures produced by the polar vortex.
To keep shipping channels open, the Coast Guard had brought in ice cutters, heavy ships with thick, reinforced hulls and polar ice-breaking bows. The ice cutters clear a track in the ice, which can be up to a foot thick, and escort a ship through the passageway. Ships have to be scheduled, and communication and timing are essential because the track closes and freezes up quickly after the ice cutter goes through.

It was a new experience for veteran Barnhart project manager Dan Webb. “This was the first time we’ve had to use ice cutters. It was challenging because it required a lot of coordination with the Coast Guard. We were not the only ship, so we had to wait our turn.” Communication with the client was also important as BP was kept apprised of the status of the project.
While the delay added a significant amount of time to the original schedule, the barge was escorted through the ice and safely reached the Port of Toledo on January 19.

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Work begins on $12.3 million dock rehabilitation project at Port of Catoosa

By: Kyle Arnold – Tulsaworld.com

CATOOSA — Contractors have started work on a $12.3 million dock rehabilitation project at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa that will double the facility’s cargo capacity.

The project calls for a new 150-ton mobile crane and 40,000 square foot warehouse.

Construction started in February, said Port Director Bob Portiss.

“We think the whole project should be done sometime in late 2015,” Portiss said.

The rehabbed dock will also include a rail line and a second crane will allow two to three barges to unload at one time. Previously the dock could only handle one barge unloading at a time.

The old dock had a worn down transit shed as well as a 200 ton overhead traveling crane for cargo. The transit shed is being torn down and replace and the overhead crane is getting an overhaul.

The transit shed is used to store product after it is shipped in while companies are waiting for trucks.

“You can get a lot of truckloads of cargo on a barge but you can’t expect a shipper to have trucks ready as soon as the cargo gets here,” Portiss said.

The new shed will be about 40,000 square feet, but Port officials are also hopeful to build a second facility in the future that could have rail access.

Some $6.4 million of the project is being paid for with a 2012 federal Transportation Department grant. The grant comes from nearly $2.2 billion in 2011 discretionary spending by the Transportation Department to fund improvements to rail, waterways and critical road projects across the nation.

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Port of Catoosa Begins Work on Major Dock Renovation Project

By: Russell Hulstine – Newson6.com

PORT OF CATOOSA –
Construction work has begun on a dock renovation project at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa which officials say will increase the port’s overall capacity. Officials say it has the potential to divert container cargo scheduled for unloading on the West Coast for delivery to the Midwest.

When completed, officials say the project will double the Port of Catoosa’s main dock capacity, allowing for simultaneous handling of multiple barges and potentially containerized freight.

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa was awarded a $6.4 million matching grant through the 2012 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program (TIGER) to cover almost half of the cost of the project.

Jeff Yowell, marketing manager for the Port of Catoosa, said one reason they pursued the grant was attract intermodal shipments.

He said with the completion of the Panama Canal expansion in 2015, the Port of Catoosa believes container cargo could be diverted to New Orleans where it would be off-loaded on barges for shipment up the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

Yowell says right now it takes a wait of three weeks for a container ship to be unload at the Port of Los Angeles. By 2015, the same ship could go through the Panama Canal to New Orleans, off-load onto a barge and arrive in Oklahoma within the same time period.

He says this project will further enhance the Port of Catoosa as an inland, international logistics center.

When done, Yowell says the renovation project will increase capacity allowing more than 1 million tons of iron and steel and bulk cargo to be able to be handled per year at the Port of Catoosa.

Yowell said the main dock rehabilitation project will feature a new concrete surface, embedded railroad tracks, upgrades to an existing overhead crane and the addition of a second overhead crane.

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HollyFrontier Updates on Plans to Enter the Mid-Continent Asphalt Market

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(Professional Services Close – Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) HollyFrontier Corp. announced plans to enter into the mid- continent asphalt business.

According to a release, a subsidiary of HFC currently manufactures and markets a diverse portfolio of asphalt products, including polymer modified asphalts and emulsions, directly to paving contractors and highway markets, from terminals located in New Mexico and Arizona. HFC plans to expand its Southwest asphalt production and marketing business into the mid-continent asphalt paving markets. A subsidiary of HFC has concurrently entered into a long term lease with NuStar Logistics, L.P. for NuStar’s Port of Catoosa asphalt terminal enabling HFC to begin supplying polymer modified and PG asphalts to the mid-continent market from the Catoosa, Oklahoma facility in addition to HFC’s Tulsa, Oklahoma facilities.

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HollyFrontier Corporation Announces Plans to Enter the Mid-Continent Asphalt Market

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HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC) announced plans to enter into the mid-continent asphalt business.

A subsidiary of HFC currently manufactures and markets a diverse portfolio of high quality asphalt products, including polymer modified asphalts and emulsions, directly to paving contractors and highway markets, from terminals located in New Mexico and Arizona. HFC plans to expand its Southwest asphalt production and marketing business into the mid-continent asphalt paving markets. A subsidiary of HFC has concurrently entered into a long term lease with NuStar Logistics, L.P. for NuStar’s Port of Catoosa asphalt terminal enabling HFC to begin supplying polymer modified and PG asphalts to the mid-continent market from the Catoosa, Oklahoma facility in addition to HFC’s Tulsa, Oklahoma facilities.

Mike Jennings, HFC’s Chairman, President and CEO, commented, “We look forward to leveraging the historical success we have had in the Southwest market by expanding our marketing effort to the mid-continent region of the United States. This expansion will also increase our crude-slate flexibility at HFC’s mid-continent refineries.”

About HollyFrontier Corporation

HollyFrontier Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent petroleum refiner and marketer that produces high-value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other specialty products. HollyFrontier operates through its subsidiaries a 135,000 barrels per stream day (“bpsd”) refinery located in El Dorado, Kansas, two refinery facilities with a combined capacity of 125,000 bpsd located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a 100,000 bpsd refinery located in Artesia, New Mexico, a 52,000 bpsd refinery located in Cheyenne, Wyoming and a 31,000 bpsd refinery in Woods Cross, Utah. HollyFrontier markets its refined products principally in the Southwest U.S., the Rocky Mountains extending into the Pacific Northwest and in other neighboring Plains states. A subsidiary of HollyFrontier also owns a 39% interest (including the general partner interest) in Holly Energy Partners, L.P. Information about HollyFrontier may be found on its website at http://www.hollyfrontier.com.

The following is a “safe harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The statements contained herein relating to matters that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements are based on our beliefs and assumptions using currently available information and expectations as of the date hereof, are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Although we believe that such expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot give assurance that our expectations will prove to be correct. Therefore, actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied or forecast in these statements. Any differences could be caused by a number of factors including, but not limited to:
— risks and uncertainties with respect to the actions of actual or
potential competitive suppliers of refined petroleum products in
HollyFrontier’s markets;

— the demand for and supply of crude oil and refined products;

— the spread between market prices for refined products and market prices
for crude oil;

— the possibility of constraints on the transportation of refined products;

— the possibility of inefficiencies, curtailments or shutdowns in refinery
operations or pipelines;

— effects of governmental and environmental regulations and policies;

— the availability and cost of financing to HollyFrontier;

— the effectiveness of HollyFrontier’s capital investments and marketing
strategies;

— HollyFrontier’s efficiency in carrying out construction projects;

— the ability of HollyFrontier to acquire refined product operations or
pipeline and terminal operations on acceptable terms and to integrate any
future acquired operations;

— the possibility of terrorist attacks and the consequences of any such
attacks;

— general economic conditions; and

— other financial, operational and legal risks and uncertainties detailed
from time to time in HollyFrontier’s Securities and Exchange Commission
filings.

The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and, other than as required by law, HollyFrontier undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: HollyFrontier Corporation
Julia Heidenreich, 214-954-6510

VP, Investor Relations

or

Blake Barfield, 214-954-6510

Investor Relations

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