Burnside Terminal

From Global Energy Monitor

The Burnside Terminal is in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, United States.

The terminal is owned and operated by Impala Terminals, a subsidiary of Trafigura. The bulk facility handles coal, petroleum coke, bauxite, alumina and other dry commodities.


The terminal is located at mile marker 169 on the Lower Mississippi River.

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The terminal was originally constructed in 1956 by aluminum producer Ormet, but it was subsequently closed in 2008. Impala Terminals, acquired the Burnside Terminal in 2011 and spent US$300 million to upgrade and modernize it. The port began exporting again in 2014.[1]

Located at mile marker 169 on the Lower Mississippi River, Impala Terminals Burnside is a multi-modal terminal with access to ocean, river, and truck connecting the US coal and petroleum coke producing heartland to domestic and international markets. This strategic location provides ready access to the entire 25,000 nautical miles of the US Inland river system, immediate access to the US Interstate highway system, all class one railroads and direct access to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River shipping lanes. Impala Terminals Burnside not only offers immediate storage on a soil-cement pad and blending facilities but operates a mid-stream berth with both barge-to-ocean vessel and ocean vessel-to-barge transfer capabilities. The mid-stream vessel operation is capable of transfer rates up to 20,000 tons per day of all types of bulk cargoes, including coal, petroleum coke, grain products, ores or alloys and fertilisers.[2]

The terminal has an annual coal capacity of 7.5 million short tons (approximately 6.8 million metric tonnes).[3] Impala Terminals envisions a further USD 150+ million investment into the terminal, incorporating a state-of-the-art rail unloading system that could increase annual coal capacity to 15 million short tons (13.6 million metric tonnes).[2]

As of 2022, the proposed expansion is not yet operational.

Project Details

  • Owner: Impala Terminals
  • Location: Ascension Parish, Louisiana
  • Capacity: 6.8 million metric tonnes per annum
  • Status: Operating
  • Start year: 2014
  • Type: Exports
  • Proposed capacity: 6.8 million tonnes per annum
  • Cost:
  • Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Impala Terminals Burnside Completes Its First Export Shipment," Weekly Citizen, July 9, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Access Capacity - Impala Terminals Burnside" Impala Terminals, accessed August 2021.
  3. Sylvie Cornot-Gandolphe “US Coal Exports: The Long Road to Asian Markets,” Oxford OIES PAPER: CL 2, March 2015.

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