Source: Savage Companies
Savage Companies announced its plans to construct, own and operate a large multi-user rail terminal in Trenton, North Dakota. The terminal, to be known as Trenton Railport, will be served by the BNSF Railway, and will be designed to bring large-scale rail service to the Bakken Formation (the Bakken) with oil-field related materials such as tubular, frac sand and other strategic materials, including the capability to load and ship unit trains of crude oil. Savage believes that the Bakken’s oil and gas resource potential is significant and strategic in strengthening America’s energy independence.
The 270-acre site on which the Trenton Railport will be built was secured by Savage in cooperation with Yellowstone Ethanol, LLC (Yellowstone). Bob Gannaway, President of Yellowstone, stated: “We are excited to be working with Savage, and see where it will bring many new opportunities for our area.” Savage has begun first-level engineering, design and permitting studies, and anticipates that construction will begin later this year, with completion expected by late 2011.
The facilities will include rail infrastructure, open space for oil field materials storage, and receiving capability for frac sand and other materials. In support of its Trenton Railport customers, Savage intends to provide a total service model featuring the providing of railcars, and a complete logistics package.
Local officials have expressed support for the project, which is expected to employ more than 150 people in various capacities during construction of the terminal, and anticipates using local contractors wherever possible. Once operational, Trenton Railport employment on a steady state basis is expected to be between 40 and 60 people. Recruiting and hiring activities are expected to commence in Trenton during the first quarter of 2011.
“I’m pleased and excited to see the commitment of Savage in establishing its new transload facility at Marley Crossing (Trenton),” Ward Koeser, mayor of Williston, North Dakota, said. “With an increase in oil activity in the region, the timely and efficient transloading of products is critical.”
Tom Rolfstad, Director of Williston (ND) Economic Development, stated: "This is really exciting -- it is bigger than a simple transload center, it is a private sector industrial park seeking to solve logistic needs for the Bakken oil play, and for additional diversified industry such as ag processing."
Donald W. Alexander, Savage’s Senior Vice President and leader of its Railway & Industry Solutions Group in Salt Lake City, said: “We are pleased to work with Yellowstone to secure a strategic location for the Trenton Railport, and excited to make this commitment to serve the Bakken Field thus growing our relationship with BNSF, while expanding our operations in North Dakota. We believe the combination of this terminal’s capabilities and the total service model to be offered will be a unique and substantial boost for the oil and gas industry of western North Dakota and eastern Montana. All of us at Savage are committed to serving this important industry.”
“BNSF continues to see a bright future for growth opportunities in the Williston Basin, and we look forward to working with Savage to expand capacity to provide rail service to this growing market,” said Denis Smith, BNSF vice president, industrial products marketing. “As companies such as Savage and BNSF invest in helping to expand production from the Bakken Shale and other formations, they are not only helping boost the economies of North Dakota and Montana, they are helping reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and diversifying our domestic energy resources.”
BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,000 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain, industrial goods and low-sulfur coal that help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced and efficient railroads in the industry. And it is working continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits BNSF provides to its customers and the communities it serves.
Savage, a North American leader in providing services to electric power generation, coal mining, oil refining, chemical and Class I railroad customers, owns and/or operates large terminals for coal, petroleum coke, sulphur, chemicals and other commodities; system-based transportation -- truck, rail, barge and vessel -- moving over 50 million tons annually of coal, coke, waste coal, waste ash and sulphur; and also provides on-site operations and management services for large power plants and oil refiners. Savage has 145 operations in 36 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces. Savage will operate the Trenton Railport within its Railway and Industry Solutions Group, which also includes its Elko (Nevada) Railport, among many other specialty rail services and transloading terminals throughout the U.S. Savage is an Innovative Supply Chain Solutions company, dedicated to providing specially tailored services that create value for each customer.