Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Arc Terminals Portland now accepting Utah crude trains

An Arc Terminals fuel terminal in Portland, Oregon, US, has begun accepting train shipments of crude oil from Utah, state officials say.

The 84-tank facility, located along the Willamette River, is now Oregon's second oil-by-rail destination.

Union Pacific trains carry the crude from Utah into Oregon, along the Columbia River Gorge, towards northwest Portland.

Once it has reached the site, which has a total capacity of 1,466,000 barrels, the oil will be loaded onto ships or barges bound for West Coast refineries.

Arc Terminals investors purchased the facility in January this year with intentions to invest $10 million (€7.2 million) in infrastructure upgrades. According to reports, the site is able to accommodate up to 20 tank cars at a time.

The announcement comes at a time when shipping crude by rail is under fire in the US, with governors in Oregon and Washington calling for reviews of oil train safety following the derailment of several trains carrying crude from the Bakken shale.

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