In 2009, Dakota Plains completed its initial acquisition and build out of its New Town, North Dakota transloading facility. In 2011 we doubled the size of our facility and brought the on-site tank car capacity to 160. The transloading facility is connected to the Canadian Pacific Class 1 Railway. This means of transportation to end-markets reflects Dakota Plains’ and the industry’s expectation that Williston Basin crude oil production will continue to grow for many years.
Dakota Plains has repositioned itself from a passive holding company to a company providing management oversight of the construction and the operations of the Pioneer Terminal, a 192 acre site with two 8,300 foot loop tracks each capable of 120 car unit trains, 180,000 barrels of crude oil storage, a high speed loading facility that can accommodate 10 rail cars simultaneously, and transfer stations to receive crude oil from local gathering pipelines and trucks. Nameplate capacity has increased from 30,000 bpd to 80,000 bpd as a result. This expansion will also allow the Company’s existing 2,500 foot tracks to be used for inbound oilfield commodity supplies, such as sand. The interior of the loop will be utilized as an industrial space, with 70+ acres available for build out.
Unimin Frac Sand
Dakota Plains executed an agreement with UNIMIN Corporation to construct a 750,000 ton per year frac sand automated terminal. UNIMIN is the world’s leading producer of quartz proppants, and this project will connect its largest frac sand mine, Tunnel City, Wisconsin, with Bakken E&P activity. The facility be funded by UNIMIN and will comprise 8,000 tons of sand storage, four new ladder tracks and capacity for 70 loaded railcars, with Dakota Plains providing management oversight of the joint venture operations.
The Pioneer Terminal has over 70 acres of industrial-zoned space within the double loop track and would be ideal for a laydown yard or bulk storage. Access is via a secured entry/exit point and the land has been brought to grade. The land is raw, ideal for building to suit. The space is available for long-term leasing, and ideal for shippers wanting access to rail. The Pioneer Terminal’s four ladder tracks, representing 10,000 feet of useable capacity, had previously been used for crude oil. With the Pioneer Terminal expansion (double loop track) now complete, Dakota Plains is ready to utilize of these ladder tracks and build out the industrial yard.