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Rangeland to build North Dakota oil terminal, pipeline

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, Dec. 1 -- Rangeland Energy LLC will build, own, and operate a crude oil loading terminal and pipeline in Williams County, ND, serving the Bakken and Three Forks shale oil producing areas. Rangeland expects the COLT Hub and COLT Connector terminal and pipeline facilities to enter service by December 2011 as the first open-access oil marketing hub in North Dakota.

Rangeland filed a letter of intent with the North Dakota Public Service Commission Nov. 24 to build the COLT Connector, a 20-mile, 40,000 b/d crude oil transmission pipeline in Williams County. The pipeline will connect Rangeland’s planned oil terminal, the COLT Hub, located near Epping, ND, to a point of interconnect with multiple existing and planned oil pipelines 8 miles south of Tioga, ND.

The COLT Hub will aggregate oil produced in Williams and neighboring counties using gathering pipelines and trucks. The hub will also provide oil handling and storage services through on-site tankage and access to multiple downstream oil markets through the COLT Connector and 60,000 b/d railcar loading facilities. Rangeland will initially build two 90,000 bbl tanks and one 30,000 bbl tank for a total of 210,000 bbl on-site storage. As demand grows, Rangeland has acquired the acreage to continue building tanks and expanding on-site storage capacity.

Served by BNSF Railway Co., the COLT Hub will load both unit-train and manifest shipments of oil to markets throughout North America, including crude oil receiving terminals along the Gulf Coast.

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