US Development Group LLC (USDG), a Houston TX-based developer of rail logistics and terminal facilities, has begun operations at its Niobrara Crude Terminal (NCT), the third in a nationwide network of crude oil/condensate terminals.
Located near Interstate 25 in Carr CO, the industry logistics hub will handle crude oil and related products from the Niobrara Shale play. USDG anticipates that the terminal will provide a growth platform for the Niobrara oil field by giving producers immediate access to refiners and blenders on the Gulf Coast.
NCT rail operations will have direct truck-to-rail loading with capacity to handle up to 35,000 barrels per day at 30 truck unloading positions. Served by Union Pacific Railroad, outbound destinations include USDG’s expanding crude terminal network as well as refiners with the capability to receive product by rail. NCT has an initial rail loading capacity of 60 railcars, with plans to double rail capacity to 120 railcars by Q1 2012. Available terminal services include unit train terminalling for up to 60 railcars, railcar fleet and freight services, truck scales, and inventory management with environmental controls.
The Niobrara facility joins USDG’s St James Rail Terminal and Eagle Ford Crude Terminal as part of a nationwide network of crude oil and related products terminals. USDG, which pioneered the hub concept, is actively developing additional terminal locations for rail movements of oil and condensate from major production areas to refining and distribution centers across North America.