Savage has finished building its crude oil terminal located near Trenton, North Dakota.
Directly linked to BNSF Railway’s main railroad track, the terminal is advantageously placed to handle crude oil from the Williston Basin and Bakkan Shale and transport it to the major refining markets.
BNSF serves the Savage Bakken Petroleum Services Hub, which means it can deliver crude to markets on the East, West and Gulf coasts.
The terminal features crude oil storage tanks, truck receiving stations and pipeline connections for the receipt of crude oil. Outbound deliveries are facilitated with a double loop track capable of holding two 118-car unit trains.
Speaking about transportation via rail, Dave Garin, BNSF group VP of industrial products, was quoted as saying: ‘Rail provides a more flexible, long-term, economical option to ship crude oil to destination markets throughout the East, West and Gulf coasts and along the Mississippi River.’
While the terminal has been transloading crude from truck to rail since December last year, its completion means its can now handle unit trains and will operate 24 hours a day.
‘Savage recognised the need for crude transportation services in the Williston Basin and responded with the construction of our Trenton terminal,’ Nathan Savage, senior VP of business development for Savage, was reported to have said. ‘The terminal adds crude by rail transportation to the area’s existing pipeline capacity, to maximise the options producers have to get crude to refineries.’