CHICAGO, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Arc Terminals LP (Arc Terminals) announced today it is working with CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) to build a rail tank car unloading terminal in Mobile, Ala., to handle Western Canadian heavy and Bakken light crude oils destined to Gulf Coast refineries.
The CN-served facility, which will have a maximum crude-oil handling capacity of 75,000 barrels or up to 120 tank cars per day, is scheduled to start operation by June 2013. Initial volume is expected to be 40 tank cars of crude oil daily, increasing according to demand.
John Blanchard, president of Arc Terminals, said: "The Mobile facility - the first rail tank car crude-oil unloading terminal in Alabama - will provide good access to Gulf Coast refineries and allow quick turnaround of tank cars, increasing product delivery and fleet velocity and reducing costs for car owners.
"The rail transload terminal will handle heavy crude oil from Western Canada and light crude oil from the Bakken basin via CN, which will provide Canadian producers single-haul service to our Mobile destination. A single-line haul is more efficient and less expensive than those involving two or more rail carriers and multiple terminal switching."
The Mobile terminal will also load condensate into tank cars for backhaul by CN to Western Canadian oil producers.
In addition, it will be able to accommodate both general purpose and insulated and coiled cars, compared with other facilities capable of handling only general purpose tank cars.
Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, said: "We are pleased to be an important supply chain partner for Arc Terminals. CN is focused on making its crude-oil customers more competitive and giving them access to markets with good net-backs. Crude oil by rail is one of CN's fastest growing businesses. We expect to move in excess of 30,000 carloads in 2012, and we believe we have the scope to double this business next year."
Arc Terminals is an independent terminal company serving suppliers, marketers and refiners seeking to move price-advantaged crude oil to the Gulf Coast. The new rail transloading facility will be connected to Arc Terminals' Blakely tank farm via a new pipeline. Once the product reaches Arc Terminals' facilities, crude oil can be delivered efficiently to customers on the Gulf Coast via pipeline or by vessel as far as Corpus Christi, Tex.
The Blakeley terminal has a storage capacity of 700,000 barrels for crude, fuel oil and asphalt. Terminal capacity could be expanded to more than one million barrels to meet potential future demand.
About Arc Terminals LP
Arc Terminals owns and operates 11 petroleum product terminals located in Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Wisconsin and Alabama, with a combined capacity of approximately 3.6 million barrels. For more information about Arc, visit the company's website at www.arcterminals.com.
CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.
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