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Crestwood Midstream Partners’ COLT Hub

Project Highlights 
• Installed 34,000 feet of release and departure tracks and six turnouts.
• Installed a full-timber crossing and a 94-foot concrete trough.
Track
Epping, North Dakota
Customer 
Crestwood Midstream Partners/ Bakken COLT Hub
Business Unit 
RailWorks Track Systems
Project Description 
RailWorks crews constructed the track infrastructure for Crestwood Midstream Partners’ COLT (crude-oil loading terminal) Hub and two capacity expansions.
Project Scope 
RailWorks installed about 34,000 feet of release and departure tracks and six turnouts as well as a full-timber crossing and a 94-foot concrete trough. This latest expansion, to accommodate additional unit trains, began in September, after weather and other challenges compressed the project timeline.
 
The Epping hub loads crude oil from trucks and pipelines into refinery-bound Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) unit trains. It’s among the United States’ largest transload facilities in terms of daily volume. COLT Hub moves an average of 120,000 barrels of crude oil a day by rail and can store up to 1.2 million barrels. On October 27, 2014, the crude-by-rail loading facility reached a milestone, shipping its thousandth unit train of oil.
Unique Features 

North Dakota faces some of the coldest winters in the United States. For much of this project the workers were facing 15 below zero temperatures in the morning. The weather became much colder in the last few months of November and continued into December. After temperatures turn more cooperative in the spring, a crew will return to COLT Hub.