(EnergyAsia, February 18 2013, Monday) — Oiltanking Nanjing Co Ltd has started up a state-of-the-art railcar loading and unloading facility at its terminal in the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park (NCIP) in China’s Jiangsu province.

Now connected to the park’s railway system and the national railway network, the terminal offers customers all modes of transportation including rail, road, water and pipelines.

Oiltanking said the rail infrastructure comprises two spurs equipped with loading and unloading platforms to simultaneously handle up to 34 rail cars in parallel, and up to 9,000 rail cars per year. The system is designed to enable discharging of block trains and the loading and unloading of individual product cars.

With its located on the north side of the Yangtze River, Oiltanking Nanjing is well positioned to accommodate rail cargoes from surrounding provinces and the land locked northwestern hinterland.

The company expects the rail facility to handle significant amounts of methanol given the product’s huge demand base in the Nanjing area, in turn positioning the terminal to become the “methanol hub” of the region

Oiltanking Nanjing Co Ltd, a joint venture between Oiltanking, NCIP Administration and the Port Authority of Nanjing, owns and operates a multi-user tank terminal for bulk liquids and serves a variety of customers including chemical producers, traders and distributors.

Following the latest round of expansion by mid-2013, the terminal will have 23 tanks with a total storage capacity of 139,000 cubic metres (cbm) and two jetties with six berths to handle vessels up to 50,000 DWT.

Oiltanking Nanjing said it still has land and jetty capacity for further expansion to meet rising demand for storage from existing and new petrochemcial producers in NCIP.

Oiltanking is a privately-owned subsidiary of Marquard & Bahls AG, Germany.