USDG to Begin Operations at Eagle Ford Facility
The Eagle Ford Crude Terminal (EFCT) is situated at I-35, approximately 80 miles south of San Antonio. The logistics hub will handle crude oil, condensate and related products produced from the Eagle Ford Shale play.
USDG expects that the EFCT will combine the major industry participants in the Eagle Ford Shale by co-locating inbound gathering pipelines and truck receiving capability, tank storage, and high-capacity rail loading and outbound shipping services, and by starting outbound pipelines to Corpus Christi and Houston.
The EFCT rail operations will have direct truck-to-rail loading that handles the capacity of 40,000 barrels per day at 10 truck unloading positions. A railcar fleet and freight services is also provided to support movements of oil and condensate from the hub in both manifest and unit trains shipped via the Union Pacific Railroad.
The initial rail destinations will include USDGâ€™s crude terminal in St. James, La., refiners and chemical locations with the ability to receive product by rail. It plans to expand the rail loading capacity at the EFCT by the end of 2011.
The Eagle Ford facility joins USDGâ€™s St. James Rail Terminal as part of a planned nationwide network of crude oil/condensate terminals. USDG is actively developing additional terminal locations for rail movements of oil and condensate from the Eagle Ford and other major production areas to refining and distribution centers across North America.
Larry Padfield, vice president of development at USDG, said: â€œWeâ€™ve conceived a unique facility that will serve the industryâ€™s short-term needs with a highly capable rail loading facility. Long term, as pipeline infrastructure is developed, the hub will provide the market with both rail and outbound pipeline solutions to the major refining and distribution markets.â€
Additionally, the company has purchased 500-acre parcel in LaSalle County near Gardendale, Texas, adjacent to the EFCT, and started developing the land parcels for pipeline companies, producers and marketers to build infrastructure with open connectivity to the hub.
Houston-based USDG companies are engaged in designing, developing, owning and managing large-scale rail logistic centers within the US. It is the provider of unit rail facility development for both bio-fuels and crude oil distribution.
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