CALGARY, Oct. 18, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and Tundra Energy Marketing Limited announced today they have signed a memorandum of understanding to construct a crude oil rail car loading terminal near Cromer, Man., to meet the needs of Bakken crude oil producers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The terminal will initially load 30,000 barrels of crude oil per day into rail cars - the equivalent of more than 50 tank cars worth - starting in the second quarter of 2013. The facility will have the potential to accommodate a unit train of 100 tank cars, with each train carrying approximately 60,000 barrels per day of crude oil.
Bryan Lankester, president of Tundra Energy Marketing, said: "This project, combined with 410,000 barrels of oil storage currently under construction at our terminal in Cromer - a six-fold increase in existing capacity -- will provide us with access to alternative North American markets for Williston Basin crude oil over CN's network at a time when there is inadequate pipeline takeaway capacity. Our Cromer location at the most easterly point of crude oil production in Canada should provide a market advantage to our crude oil producers and shippers."
Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, said: "We are pleased to be a key supply chain enabler for Tundra Energy Marketing. CN will help Tundra's customers reach markets with good net-backs for their crude. And further growth will be part of the story - the Cromer transload terminal is expandable, with the potential to handle complete crude oil unit trains of more than 100 cars, which will generate greater efficiencies and market reach for Canadian crude oil.
"Working closely with companies such as Tundra Energy Marketing is making the transportation of crude oil one of CN's fastest growing businesses. We expect to move more than 30,000 carloads of crude oil in 2012, and we believe we have the scope to double this crude oil business next year."
About Tundra Energy
Tundra Energy Marketing handles crude oil on behalf of producers in the Williston Basin, including its parent company, Tundra Oil & Gas Partnership, which has been an active driller in the area for the past 32 years.
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