Turner Team in Mobile Safely Completes High-Pressure Job

Saraland, AL – In mid-March, when our client noticed a leaking liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) line, Shell Maintenance Manager Steve Davis gave a call to the Turner team or as he refers to them — the “Mobile Site Tier 1 Team.” 

The job required the removal and replacement of approximately 60 feet of piping ranging in diameter from 4″ to 6″. Under the direction of Shell’s site operations and maintenance team, Turner completed the removal and replacement, including 27 field welds in three shifts. 

“What is paramount to me is Turner’s relentless focus on how to complete work like this safely and with the right barriers in place. I know that can be even more important when managing the inherent feeling of pressure during an unplanned off-hours job. Turner’s partnership with Mobile is a huge part of our success, running safely and reliably. My thanks to you and to your team for that leadership and partnership,” said Shell Mobile General Manager Wes Mock.

I am very proud of our Turner Team here at the Mobile site. We all work together safely, with integrity, perseverance, and dedication day in and day out,” said Turner Site Manager Roy Ellis.

Caleb Lovell, Vice President of Eastern Region

Shell Mobile Refinery Transitioned to New Owner - Vertex Energy

On April 1, 2022, the sale of the Shell Mobile refinery to Vertex Energy was completed. Houston-based Vertex Energy is an energy transition company focused on the production and distribution of conventional and alternative fuels. Turner will maintain its current on-site presence. 

“Our primary goals throughout this transition period will be focused on maintaining the site’s legacy of safe and reliable operations while continuing to serve as a supplier of fuel in our community. As such, our plan for conventional products (gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel) will not change. We do have planned upgrades for future production of renewable fuels, which will be in addition to existing conventional production with no foreseeable diminutive impact on conventional products,” said Vertex Energy Site Contracts and Procurement Manager Barry Blackledge.

"The Mobile team has always been regarded as one of Turner’s best, but the investments in the community and the site that are planned with the Vertex transition have generated an excitement that is electric. In my opinion, Vertex has captured the essence of the world’s energy transition with the continued supply of the conventional energy products, while developing the processes and technology to move in a more renewable direction."

Jonathan Guidry, Turner Alliance Manager

This article was featured in the Spring 2022 Turner Industries Company Magazine.

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