California just got greener. Ethanol handling and distribution terminals company U.S. Development Group (USDG) will begin construction on a new terminal in the state.
The West Colton Rail Terminal will be located in the Inland Empire area of southern California.
Construction on the first phase, located in Rialto, California, will consist of a manifold transfer system that will begin receiving and offloading ethanol railcars in the fall of 2009.
The second phase includes full unit train capability and ethanol storage. It will be located on an adjacent site in Colton and is scheduled for completion in mid 2010.
The Phase 1 facility will have the capacity to handle current Colton area demand for ethanol, plus that required to meet the mandated increase to a 10 percent blend in petrol in 2010.
The West Colton Rail Terminal will be served by the Union Pacific Railroad and will be located less than a mile from petrol blending terminals that serve the greater San Bernardino and Riverside County-Inland Empire region.
The terminal will feature dedicated ethanol storage, 100 railcar high-speed offloading capability, and outbound truck and pipeline capabilities.
In addition to its newest project in Colton, USDG has major ethanol hub facilities in Linden, New Jersey, Baltimore, Dallas and Houston.