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Gibson Energy and USD Group begin operations at Hardisty Rail Terminal for oil sands crude; to double capacity with phase 2

1 August 2014

Gibson Energy Inc. and USD Group LLC have commenced successful operations at the Hardisty Rail Terminal, near Alberta, Canada. (Earlier post.) The two intend to begin soliciting customer commitments for the second phase of development of the terminal. The companies expect that Phase 2 will double the crude oil loading capacity at the Hardisty Rail Terminal from two (about 140,000 barrels) to four 120-railcar unit trains per day (about 280,000 barrels).

The Hardisty Rail Terminal consists of a fixed loading rack with 30 railcar loading positions, plus a unit train staging area and loop tracks capable of holding up to five unit trains.

The facility is also equipped with an onsite vapor management system that minimizes hydrocarbon loss while improving safety during the loading process. The Hardisty rail terminal is designed to receive inbound deliveries of crude oil directly through a newly-constructed pipeline connected to the Hardisty storage terminal.

Hardisty rail terminal is connected to Canadian Pacific Railroad’s North Main Line—a high capacity line with the ability to connect to all the key refining markets in North America.

The first phase of the jointly developed Hardisty Rail Terminal was successfully commissioned on 30 June 2014. The companies expect the development time frame for Phase 2 to be approximately 18 months from a decision to proceed, based on expected timelines for receipt of specialized equipment.

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