Project Description

Our client developed a 240 acres crude–by-rail terminal in Joliet, Illinois. The site is accessible by both the Canadian National and BNSF Railways. CN has built into the site to deliver Alberta crude oil. The terminal was designed in the initial phase to receive and process two unit trains with steaming and unloading racks for one entire train. At full build out, the terminal will be capable of handling two unit trains unloading and two more trains on the loop tracks.

ERS performed independent market research into the crude slates for refineries in the Chicago area in late 2012. With this analysis, ERS solicited developers and assisted with site selection, developed the concept operational plan and designed the site. These designs were then modeled and an operational video produced that allowed both CN and developer to rapidly approve the project. ERS prepared final engineering designs for the rail and overall site and integrated the mechanical design to the rail operations plan. Significant work was required to minimize and balance earthwork quantities due to the site’s topography. The project was constructed in a rapid delivery method, resulting in concept approval to startup in under 14 months.