In May 2017, the total barge tonnage for the Tulsa Port of Catoosa was 156,875 tons, which includes commodities such as wheat, soybean, fertilizer and gypsum. One of the many companies located at The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is the globally linked Linde Engineering North America Inc. (LENA), which provides over 130 full-time and contract jobs to those living in Northeastern Oklahoma. Employees at their fabrication facility annually fabricate 80,000 feet of pipe, 3,000,000 pounds of steel along with many large, pre-fabricated turnkey modules.
“We have more than 40 years’ experience in refining and petrochemical and natural gas processing, and we highly value our location and ease of transport by being located on the Port of Catoosa,” said Head of Fabrication Eric Sandefur.
LENA is a leader in the field of engineering and fabrication of turnkey process systems. In addition to road and rail transportation, LENA’s fabrication facilities have access to the Port of Catoosa, where they transport prefabricated modules on oceangoing barges to global markets via the Port of New Orleans.
“We have a combination of proprietary technologies, experience, specialized skills and a certified fabrication facility that allow us to serve customers successfully,” Sandefur said. “Combine our skillset with the Port of Catoosa’s ability to allow us to deliver these major turnkey process plants, and our partnership is a key driver to our success.”
Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in May 2017 was 499,662 tons. Eighty one percent of that total was shipped on the Oklahoma portion of the navigation system.
About the Tulsa Port of Catoosa
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is a singular combination of a multi-modal shipping complex and 2,000-acre industrial park resulting in an annual economic impact of $300 million to Oklahoma. The complex hosts approximately 70 companies and employs nearly 3,200 Oklahomans.
Located at the head of navigation for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in Northeast Oklahoma, it is one of the largest, most inland river-ports in the United States. The Tulsa Port of Catoosa’s unique position allows companies to move millions of tons of bulk freight by barge each year at a fraction of the cost and environmental impact of rail or truck. Just a few of the bulk freight industries utilizing the Tulsa Port of Catoosa include fertilizer distributors, industrial gas suppliers, wheat growers, steel processors, and manufacturers of consumer goods.
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is managed and operated by the City of Tulsa–Rogers County Port Authority and provides development services through Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa Facilities Authority.