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Motiva owns and operates three refineries – located within a 120 mile radius of each other - in Convent and Norco, Louisiana, and Port Arthur, Texas. The combined refining capacity of the three sites is approximately 1.1 million barrels per day. In addition to strong manufacturing assets, Motiva’s 34 operating refined product storage terminals are strategically located throughout the company’s geographic area and have an aggregate storage capacity of approximately 16.5 million barrels.
Motiva markets gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products in 26 states and the District of Columbia through a network of more than 8,200 Shell-branded service stations as well as unbranded wholesalers.
Four tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said.
The spill marked the latest in a series of wrecks across the U.S. and Canada that have highlighted the safety risks of moving crude by rail.
No one was reported injured in the accident Thursday night that triggered the evacuation of about a dozen homes and a camp for oil field workers, according to state and local officials. It comes after recent oil train crashes, including a 2013 derailment in Quebec that exploded and killed 47 people.
originally posted by: masqua
a reply to: quercusrex
I have a question for you, since you seem to be knowledgeable on the subject of oil transportation:
Does the bitumen in railcars use a similar amount of dilbit as is used in pipelines?
This question has bothered me for as long as the pipelines/rail issue has been in the news.
Of the upstream infrastructure — or the loading terminals up near the tar sands, the Oil Change International report explains:
At the time of writing there were 31 terminals in operation that load tar sands or heavy crude, with six of these expanding and an additional eight planned or under construction…
The first terminal designed to load unit trains with Canadian tar sands crude, the Canexus terminal in Bruderheim, northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, started operations in December 2013. It has a capacity of 70,000 bpd and loads tar sands bitumen from MEG’s Christina Lake SAGD project, among others.
Downstream, rail terminals are similarly adapting to handle shipments of tar sands crude. From the Runaway Train report:
Terminals designed to unload tar sands crude are currently concentrated in the Gulf Coast region, where the biggest concentration of heavy oil refining capacity is located…
The Gulf Coast terminals have about one million bpd of unloading capacity today, set to grow to over two million bpd in 2016. Some of this capacity is at refineries such as those operated by Valero in Port Arthur, Texas, and St. Charles, Louisiana. Valero has ordered 1,600 insulated and coiled tank cars specifically for hauling tar sands crude to its refineries.
Railbit is a relatively new designation for crude, and is defined as bitumen that has been mixed with roughly 17 percent diluent. Moving railbit, rather than dilbit, saves tar sands shippers about half of the so-called “diluent penalty,” or the cost of adding the diluent to the mix.
originally posted by: Enochstask
Here we go again! Anything the Kenyan Communist can do to hurt America he will do.