March 15, 2013: Upon seeing the video linked below, one reader was surprised to see only two truck unloading stations at the terminal. See comments below. Apparently that is incorrect. Here are the data points regarding the Bakken Oil Express west of Dickinson:
BOE presently has 15 truck unloading stations, from which crude is transferred to large tanks capable of storing >400,000 barrels (and over 600,000 barrels by June, 2013). The storage tanks also receive oil coming directly by pipe from the oil fields. Outbound loading capacity onto rail cars through two railcar loading racks now exceeds 200,000 bopd.Simply incredible.
Original PostA huge "thank you" to a reader.
This is huge.
I have mentioned many, many times that there is seldom a day when I am not impressed or surprised or excited by something in the Bakken.
And today it is this video, a Reuters video: the Bakken Oil Express west of Dickinson. From the Reuters website:
For his video diary, Reuters correspondent Ernest Scheyder drove into the Bakken Oil Express, a sprawling project at the heart of the state's booming oil economy.For an earlier post on the Bakken Oil Express, click here.
Two takeaways from the video:
- the railroad infrastructure all financed privately, no government money
- not one bucket of oil spilled in all these hundreds of thousands of barrels