Irving to complete crude rail car conversion by April

Irving Oil reported that by Apr. 30 it will complete the conversion of its proprietary fleet of crude oil rail tank cars to Association of American Railroads' (AAR) recommended specifications for DOT-111 railcars constructed after Oct. 1, 2011. This will require the voluntary removal of older-model railcars from service. 

The AAR specifications recommend that DOT-111 tank cars built after October 2011 be constructed with reinforcements and enhancements reported to reduce the risk of product loss if these tank cars are involved in derailments. Irving will also advise suppliers and marketers of crude oil of its adoption of AAR's enhanced standard, and will ask for their adherence by no later than Dec. 31, for crude oil tank cars servicing Irving.

Irving has so far brought 88% of its fleet into compliance. Over the next 10 weeks, the company will empty its remaining older-model rail cars so they can be cleaned and removed from service. By April 30, Irving’s in-service proprietary DOT-111 rail fleet in Canada and the US will consist entirely of newer-model rail cars built in 2012-2013, all of which will meet AAR's enhanced specifications.

The announcement follows recommendations made Jan. 23 by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) relating to enhanced protection standards for rail cars.

The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) last year proposed safety improvements including enhanced tank head and shell puncture resistance systems as well as top fittings protection exceeding current DOT-111 requirement tank cars (OGJ Online, Sept. 5, 2013).

Related Articles

Williams, Boardwalk suspend Bluegrass NGL pipeline spending

04/29/2014 Williams Cos. Inc. and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP have suspended capital investment in their proposed Bluegrass NGL pipeline, primarily due to ...

US DOS official: Ukraine event in 2009 prepared West for 2014 faceoff

04/29/2014 Russia’s decision to curtail gas supplies to Ukraine—and ultimately, Europe—in January 2009 helped lay the foundation for more effective US and Eur...

South Stream gas line construction on schedule, Gazprom says


OAO Gazprom says the South Stream gas pipeline project is “progressing in strict compliance with the schedule.”

El Paso to buy gas assets from Kinder Morgan for $2 billion

04/29/2014 El Paso Pipeline Partners LP, a Kinder Morgan Inc. subsidiary, has agreed to acquire 50% interest in Ruby Pipeline, 50% interest in Gulf LNG, and 4...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!


Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected