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Trusted Experience with Rail Loading & Unloading Efforts

Trusted Experience with Rail Loading & Unloading Efforts

Burns & McDonnell has served both the railway and gas and oil industries for decades directly and through industrial, state and municipal clients. Our professionals have an in-depth understanding of loading and unloading design, permitting, and construction-related issues and needs by providing a variety of services associated with mainline and industrial trackage, facilities, yards and terminals, and bridge and structure projects across the country.

We bring it all together to provide the loading and unloading services you need to move products on the fastest-growing and most economical transport method today. No matter what the challenge, our railway and oil and gas professionals can help make your project a success.

LPG Storage Sphere and Rail Loading
Marathon Petroleum Co. — Canton, Ohio
To provide liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage capacity and rail loading, Burns & McDonnell modified existing rack platforms and installed new piping, loading arms, meters and controls. The project also provided a new pressurized spherical storage vessel and interconnecting piping for LPG storage.

LPG Railcar Loading and Unloading Project
Confidential Client — Northeast U.S.
A confidential client in the Northeastern United States needs to expand and extend existing railcar butane unloading/loading facilities at an existing terminal. Several options are being evaluated, including increasing capacity from 40 percent to 100 percent, supporting installation of new railcar loading/unloading stations and reconfiguring the existing railroad track. The design team is working closely with the short-line operator to meet design requirements. The project will include adding up to four new loading stations, 14 new unloading stations, a new butane vaporizer and a new condensate pot, as well as modifying existing access roads, piping, foundations, electrical systems, controls and fire protection.

Y-Grade Feed Rail Project
Enlink Midstream — Plaquemine, La.
Enlink Midstream hired Burns & McDonnell to provide a new Y-grade rail feed to debottleneck its existing rail configuration. The project included a new rail site with 10 spot racks, a raw feed tank with berm, a raw feed transfer pump, three truck islands, vapor recovery units for trucks and rail, office space, an analyzer house, a 13.8-kV substation, a 200 kva transformer, motor control center, and general electrical systems (grounding, lighting, convenience power). The new pipeline corridor between the new rail site and the existing plant includes a raw feed line, butane line, flare line and fiber optics.

Propane/Propylene Mix Rail Loading
ConocoPhillips — Ponca City, Okla.
To modify ConocoPhillips' Ponca City facility to include rail loading and distribution of propane/propylene mix, Burns & McDonnell evaluated a new loading rack, track layout and infrastructure improvements. This study identified the requirements to bypass existing underground cavern storage by directly loading to rail at the facility.

LPG Rail Loading and Storage Improvement Project
Valero Energy Corp. — Sunray, Texas
Valero needed to modify its existing ammonia rail loading facility to an LPG rail loading facility that delivers propane and normal butane to rail cars and unloads imported isobutane. This fast-track project addressed an immediate need to provide maximum flexibility for the facility's operation and production by managing LPG product volume swell and containment. Each of four loading stations - two propane loading arms and two bidirectional normal-butane loading/isobutane unloading arms - is capable of loading one car at a time from either side of the rail spur. Natural gas arms were included for unloading isobutane from railcars, and each station is equipped with vapor recovery arms. The project also included the addition of an odorizer skid.

Benzene Rail Loading and Storage Project
Valero Energy Corp. — Sunray, Texas
Burns & McDonnell worked with Valero to provide loading capability for the side draw from the new reformer splitter tower, which contained 40 percent to 50 percent recovered benzene. The project included a greenfield installation of a floating-roof benzene storage tank, new rail installation and railcar loading system, as well as a loading rack, load stations, vapor recovery, and new rail spurs and switches.

Molten Sulfur Railcar Loading Facility
Duke Energy — Edwardsport, Ind.
Project included the design of a molten sulfur railcar loading facility. Included the track, the loading structure, and the mechanical and electrical support. Track design included horizontal and vertical track alignment to facilitate loading, track surfacing for clean up, and stopping structure to protect existing facilities.

Oil Loading/Unloading Rail Facility
JR Simplot Co. — Caldwell, Idaho
Project included the design of a new railroad loading/unloading facility for food oil at a new potato processing plant. Included track layout, new loading/unloading facility, and associated grading and drainage. Area was laid out to allow for expansion of a second loading/unloading facility.

Urea Rail Unloading Facility
Progress Energy — Crystal River, Fla.
Project included the design and construction of a new urea railcar unloading facility. The project provided a new storage tank, new tank containment structure, new storage track and unloading track, and new unloading structures.

Tatum Mine Relocation/Liberty Mine Rail Project
Luminant — Rusk County/Panola County, Texas
This project provided rail access for two new lignite railcar loading facilities at new mines in Rusk County and Panola County, Texas. The new rail ties into existing railroads serving nearby steam generated power facilities. The design included vertical and horizontal alignments that tie into existing tracks and fit within the elevation differential needed for the lignite loadout silos. In addition, the project includes the design of a new grade separated overpass to prevent the blocking of a county road during loading of the train.