Thursday, April 24, 2014

Basin Transload, BNSF to connect with Tesoro oil facility via new pipeline

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
Basin Transload, BNSF to connect with Tesoro oil facility via new pipeline BNSF Railway
Basin Transload LLC, a 60%-owned subsidiary of logistics and marketing company Global Partners LP that transloads crude oil to BNSF, has executed a pipeline connection agreement with Tesoro High Plains Pipeline Company LLC, a subsidiary of Tesoro Logistics LP.

Tesoro Logistics will build, own, and operate a new 4.1-mile pipeline lateral from its Dunn Center Station in North Dakota to Basin Transload’s facility in Beulah, N.Dak. Crude oil is expected to begin flowing to the Beulah destination in the fourth quarter of 2014, “enhancing the facility’s ability to source product from a broader region,” Global Partners said. The Beulah facility includes 280,000 barrels of storage capacity and connects via direct long-haul rail service to the West and Gulf Coasts via BNSF.

“Basin Transload’s agreement with Tesoro Logistics broadens the Beulah facility’s access to energy production in North Dakota,” said Global Partners President and CEO Eric Slifka. “The pipeline connection will augment the volume of crude currently being transported from the wellhead to Beulah. The addition of pipeline access enhances the ratability of the terminal.”

Global Partners LP describes itself as “a publicly traded master limited partnership and midstream logistics and marketing company. Global owns, controls or has access to one of the largest terminal networks of refined petroleum products and renewable fuels in the Northeast, and is one of the largest distributors of gasoline, distillates, residual oil, and renewable fuels to wholesalers, retailers, and commercial customers in New England and New York. Global is a leader in the purchasing, selling, and logistics of transporting domestic and Canadian crude oil and other products by rail across our ‘virtual pipeline’ from the mid-continent region of the U.S. and Canada to the East and West Coasts for distribution to refiners and other customers.”