Rescar companies' new facility in Channelview TX includes closed-loop tankcar cleaning, blasting to remove hardened product and rust, product residue storage, and vapor abatement that includes a tornado flare, caustic scrubber, and carbon absorption. All of this is under a new 10,000-sq-ft building with new rail for more efficient movement and processing of tankcars. The new cleaning facility can wash eight tankcars at a time.
Kevin Wilck is in charge of tankcar cleaning operations and environmental compliance for all of Rescar Companies. Wilck says the Channelview wash rack was a total team effort from conception to completion.
Track Mobile shuttle units from Stewart & Stevenson are used to reposition tankcars at the wash rack. The two doors on the right are for the wash rack, and the door on the left accesses the bay where tankcar interiors are blasted to remove hardened material and rust through a closed-loop crushed-coal blasting system.
A worker at Rescar's new wash rack in Channelview TX monitors tankcar cleaning on the galvanized steel mezzanine that runs the full length of the facility.
A worker attaches a discharge hose to a chemical tankcar during the cleaning setup process.
Tankcar wash operations are managed from these valve stations along the mezzanine that is above the cleaning system.
A wash worker lowers a Butterworth spinner into a chemical tankcar.
Tank entry is a regular part of the job, and Rescar workers use MSA atmosphere testers to monitor air quality inside tankcars.
Vapors from tank cleaning and the degassing station are sent to this flare for destruction.
Railcar tanks were turned into wash solution vats for the closed-loop cleaning system.
Acids are cleaned at the first two tankcar spots in the wash rack. The acid vapor treatment system includes a caustic scrubbing system, off-loading/drumming, and full-fill neutralization capabilities.
Pressure tankcars are degassed at this station at the Channelview facility.
Drummed heels are kept in the storage area connected to the wash rack building until they can be removed for recycling or disposal.
Wash rack equipment includes Gould's wash pumps, Dekker vacuum pumps, steam boilers, and Warren ball valves with Teflon seats.