In 2009, Dakota Plains completed its initial acquisition and build out of its New Town, North Dakota transloading facility. The transloading facility is connected to the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 2011 we doubled the size of our facility and brought the on-site tank car capacity to 160. We continued adding land, taking our terminal to approximately 200 acres today. In 2013, the terminal had nearly $70M in CAPEX projects, building state of the art crude oil and frac sand operations. Dakota Plains manages all aspects of the operations at the Pioneer Terminal.
Dakota Plains crude oil operations are based around two 8,500 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, two active gathering system pipelines and transfer stations to receive crude oil from 10 trucks simultaneously. We implemented leading edge fire suppression, spill remediation and backup power generation solutions. Our terminal has also deployed industry leading automated terminal metering and accounting systems. We have commenced construction on the third 90,000 barrel storage tank, which should be operational in the Summer of 2015, enabling the terminal maintain its nameplate capacity of 80,000 barrels per day.
Dakota Plains executed an agreement with UNIMIN Corporation to construct a 750,000 ton per year frac sand automated terminal in Q3 2013. UNIMIN is one of the world’s leading producer of quartz proppants, and this terminal connects its largest frac sand mine, Tunnel City, Wisconsin. UNIMIN funded the project building 8,000 tons of sand storage, four new ladder tracks with the capacity to land 70 loaded railcars and one track dedicated to empty cars. Frac sand operations commenced in Q1 2014.
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.