At least 5 large-scale rail terminals are being planned or constructed in the heavy oil sands region of Western Canada to increase the volume shipped to the US by rail from about 100 Mb/d this year to more than 550 Mb/d by 2015. Current shipments are mostly small manifest batches but the new terminals will load unit trains with 50 MBbl plus of crude. Successful development of large loading terminals in Western Canada requires the build out of similar scale unloading terminals close to heavy oil demand in the Gulf Coast region. Today we review destination terminal developments.
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