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Savage expands Bakken transloading, adds crude-by-truck

By Savage | January 08, 2014

Savage has announced expanded service offerings at its terminals located in Uinta Basin and in the Williston Basin to include crude transportation via truck. With Savage’s capability for crude by rail transloading services, the addition of truck transportation allows Savage to offer oil and gas companies a complete logistics solution from the wellhead to the refinery.

The Savage rail-served terminals in Trenton, N.D., Price and Salt Lake City, UT., provide crude bound for key refinery markets access to rail transportation. Truck transportation fills the gap of getting the crude from the well site to these transload terminals. The Savage terminal in Price is the first facility in the area to offer crude by rail origination services on the Union Pacific Railroad. The Savage terminal in Salt Lake City provides access to the Bingham & Garfield shortline. The Savage terminal in Trenton offers direct access to the BNSF mainline.

“We strive to offer our customers seamless logistics services,” said Kirk Aubry, president and chief operating officer for Savage. “Oil producers in the Uinta Basin and the Bakken need a better way to get crude to market. Savage has the infrastructure, equipment and expertise to work with our customers to solve this problem.”

The Savage terminal in Trenton, ND, provides truck dispatch and transportation, unit train loading, single car transloading, and car storage for crude-by-rail shippers. Today, in the Williston Basin, Savage has the capacity to truck over 10,000 barrels per day today, and will add an additional 10,000 barrels per day capacity by February. The terminal can transload over 100,000 barrels of crude each day onto unit trains, with track capacity to hold up to two unit trains at the facility simultaneously, and has storage capacity of over 50 rail cars for crude-by-rail shippers. Savage currently has six crude receiving truck bays and 290,000 barrels of tankage with expansions underway that will increase the capacity of tank storage, truck receiving and outbound unit train loading.