Liquid asphalt cement is one of the world's oldest engineering materials and is one of the indispensable construction materials in America with over 94% of paved roads in the U.S. surfaced with asphalt.
Though asphalt occurs naturally, the majority of today's asphalt is produced as a residual product of the crude oil refining process. Liquid asphalt cement is a dark brown to black cementitious material that is primarily produced by petroleum distillation. When crude oil is separated in distillation towers at a refinery, the heaviest hydrocarbons with the highest boiling points settle at the bottom. These tar-like fractions, called residuum, require relatively little additional processing to become products such as asphalt cement or residual fuel oil. Liquid asphalt cement is primarily used in the road construction and maintenance industry. Residual fuel oil is primarily used as a burner fuel in numerous industrial and commercial business applications. Liquid asphalt cement production represents only a small portion of total output of the crude oil refining process.
Blueknight Energy Partners' network of asphalt facilities provides its customers the flexibility to serve the needs of the asphalt industry and is well positioned to provide asphalt terminalling, storage and processing services in the market areas they serve throughout the continental United States. Liquid asphalt refiners, marketers and producers of finished asphalt products value access to asphalt storage capacity and processing capabilities such as that uniquely offered by Blueknight Energy Partners.
Blueknight Energy Partners serves the asphalt industry by providing our customers access to their market areas through a combination of leasing of some of our asphalt facilities and the provision of storage and processing services at some of our other asphalt and residual fuel oil facilities.