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This Day in History (1985): New LPG Loading Facility Goes into Operation at Qatif

The plant included four large LPG spheres, four bays for loading trucks, a modern control room, maintenance shop, and more.

This Day in History (1985): New LPG Loading Facility Goes into Operation at Qatif

From the Dec. 4 edition of The Arabian Sun


Local customers probably don't know it, but the LPG (liquid petroleum gas) they're buying these days for cooking and heating has probably had first-class handling at a spanking new LPG-loading facility near Qatif.


Built, operated, and maintained by Aramco for Petromin, the hydrocarbons-marketing agency of the Kingdom, the facility is at the end of a 10-inch diameter pipeline carrying a stream of LPG -- a mixture of propane and butane — under Tarut Bay from the Ras Tanura Refinery where it is produced.


The new plant began operation Sept. 3, replacing an LPG-loading facility at Ras Tanura that was more than a quarter century old.


The facility includes four large LPG spheres, four bays for loading tanker trucks, a modern control room, a maintenance shop, advanced safety systems, and a 1.5-megawatt backup generator in case of an electricity loss.


Located west of the highway between Dhahran and Ras Tanura, the plant is highlighted by its silver LPG spheres. 


The 75,000-barrel liquid-gas capacity facility is staffed around the clock by a total of 20 Aramco operators.


Caption for top photo: A pair of the four liquid petroleum gas (LPG) spheres at the new Qatif LPG-Loading Facility are bordered by tanker-truck loading bay girders and piping at the plant.


Also on this day


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1982 — The People's Republic of China adopts its current constitution


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1956 — The Million Dollar Quarter of Elvis Pressley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins get together for their only session at Sun Studios


1909 The Montreal Canadiens, the oldest surviving professional hockey franchise in the world, is founded as a charter member of the National Hockey Association


1881 The first edition of the loss Angels Times is published


1872 The Mary Celeste, an American brigantine, is found crewless and drifting in the Atlantic Ocean by the Canadian brig Dei Gratia. Though abandoned only nine days previous and with only slight damage, its mystery is never solved


1259 King Louis IX of France and Henry III of England agree to the Treaty of Paris, in which Henry renounces his claim to French-controlled territory on the continent in exchange for Louis withdrawing support for English rebels


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