Crosstex completes Louisiana rail expansion, reopens Utica terminal

Crosstex Energy LP has completed Phase II expansion of its Riverside crude oil transloading site on the Mississippi River in southern Louisiana. Riverside can now transload 15,000 b/d of either sour or sweet crude from railcars to barges. Riverside previously only handled sweet crudes. Phase II additions include a 100,000-bbl above-ground crude oil storage tank, a rail spur with a 26-spot crude railcar unloading rack, and a crude offloading facility with pumps and metering as well as a truck unloading bay.

The company also re-activated its Black Run rail loading terminal in Frazeysburg, Ohio, on the Ohio Central Railroad (OHCR) to export Utica shale light oil condensate production.

Black Run includes a 20-car rail rack with tracking gangways designed to top load multiple products, including light oil condensate and various grades of crude oil, at a rate of 24,000 b/d. The terminal is adjacent to Crosstex’s oil gathering pipeline and will use existing tanking and piping as well as the company’s Ohio River Valley truck fleet.

Crosstex said the Black Run rail terminal will be the first to move light oil condensate out of the region to premium refining and petrochemical markets

OHCR is a 70-mile short line freight railroad that interchanges with the Columbus and Ohio River Railroad, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern, Ohio Southern Railroad, and Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway.


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