Interchange - Winter 2012 - (Page 24)
CN adds new terminal
and launches new maintenance and training facilities
The terminal is expected to open in the second quarter of 2013 and have an initial loading capacity of 30,000 barrels of crude oil per day. That’s enough to ﬁll more than 50 tank cars.
The last few months have seen major moves by Canadian National Railway (CN) to expand its business line and provide new freight cars for its customers. It has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd. to construct a crude oil rail car loading terminal near Cromer, Man., to meet the needs of Bakken crude oil producers in that province and Saskatchewan. The terminal is expected to open in the second quarter of 2013 and have an initial loading capacity of 30,000 barrels of crude oil per day. That’s enough to ﬁll more than 50 tank cars. The facility will have the capacity for 100 tank car unit trains, which could handle about 60,000 barrels per day of crude oil. Bryan Lankester, president of Tundra Energy Marketing, says, “This project, combined with 410,000 barrels of oil storage currently under construction at our terminal in Cromer – a sixfold increase in existing capacity – will provide us with access to alternative North American markets for Williston Basin crude oil over CN’s network at a time when there is inadequate pipeline takeaway capacity. Our Cromer location at the most easterly point of crude oil production in Canada should provide a market advantage to our crude oil producers and shippers.” Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN executive vicepresident and chief marketing ofﬁcer, said the new business is welcome. “CN will help Tundra’s customers reach markets with good net-backs for their crude. And further growth will be part of the story – the Cromer transload terminal is expandable, with the potential to handle complete crude oil unit trains of more than 100 cars, which will generate greater efﬁciencies and market reach for Canadian crude oil. “Working closely with companies such as Tundra Energy Marketing is making the transportation of crude oil one of CN’s fastest growing businesses,” he noted. “We expect to move more than 30,000 carloads of crude oil in 2012, and we believe we have the scope to double this crude oil business next year. CN also has a deal with Arc Terminals to build a tank car unloading terminal in Mobile, Ala., to handle Western Canadian heavy and Bakken light crude oils destined to Gulf Coast reﬁneries. The facility, expected to be in operation by next June, will have a maximum handling capacity of up to 120 tank cars per day.
Interchange | Winter / Hiver 2012
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Interchange - Winter 2012
A Great Deal More Change Coming
New Lab will Tackle Canadian Railway Geographical Challenges
CN Adds New Terminal and Launches New Maintenance and Training Facilities
A Short Line is More than the Sum of its Tracks
VIA Transformation Paying Off
CRS 2012 Highlights Rail’s Position as a Backbone of Canadian Economy
2012 Safety Awards
Index to Advertisers
Interchange - Winter 2012