Rangeland ships first Bakken crude from rail terminal

Rangeland Energy LLC, Sugar Land, Tex., has shipped the first 120-car unit train from its COLT open-access crude oil marketing terminal in the North Dakota portion of the Bakken shale. COLT also includes the 21-mile bidirectional COLT Connector pipeline linking it at a rate of 75,000 b/d with multiple existing and planned pipelines, including the Tesoro and Enbridge systems, at Rangeland’s Dry Fork terminal near Tioga, ND.

Enbridge is building an 80,000-b/d rail terminal at Berthold, ND, to be in service first-quarter 2013 (OGJ Online, Mar. 1, 2012). The company says it will have a total of 475,000 b/d of North Dakota shipping capacity available by 2013.

Rangeland’s COLT, sited in Williams County, ND, uses a combination of gathering pipelines and trucks to aggregate crude produced in the Bakken and Three Forks shales into its 720,000 bbl of storage. Storage consists of five 120,000-bbl tanks at COLT and a sixth tank at Dry Fork.

BNSF Railway Co. provides transportation from the rail part of the terminal to market. Initial rail transport capacity is 120,000 b/d.

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