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Rangeland Energy to build BNSF-served crude oil facility in New Mexico


Rangeland Energy L.L.C. yesterday announced plans to purchase up to 770 acres near Loving, N.M., to develop a large terminal designed to handle crude oil, frac sand, pipe and other oil-related materials.

To be served by BNSF Railway Co., the terminal is slated for completion by year's end. Rangeland also plans to build a pipeline system in southern Eddy County, N.M., to maximize terminal connectivity for receiving and delivering crude oil.

Rangeland will receive and stage frac sand at the terminal, as well as receive, store and distribute crude oil to multiple downstream markets via rail and pipeline.

The terminal will feature unit-train loading facilities to deliver crude to "high-value markets" across the country that are not currently accessible by pipeline, Rangeland officials said in a press release. Initial rail services will include transload and manifest loading. The terminal also will be capable of handling trans-modal rail business for other oil field materials, such as drill pipe, Rangeland officials said.

In addition, Rangeland plans to acquire land to construct facilities for receiving frac sand by manifest or unit trains, storing and staging sand, and loading trucks for distribution to area oil fields.

Rangeland developed a similar BNSF-served terminal in North Dakota, which was sold in December 2012 to Inergy Midstream L.P.

"Our objective is to draw on our successful track record in North Dakota to provide a one-stop facility that can service drilling activity and market crude oil produced in New Mexico and West Texas," said Rangeland President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Keene.

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