MRL on track with transload project

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, August 29, 2019
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            Construction progress as of last week.

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Since early May, Montana Rail Link (MRL) has been hard at work building a new petroleum transload facility, just west of Park City.

Expected to be in operation this fall, the facility will enable the transfer of petroleum products from rail car to truck and vice versa. As explained by MRL’s Chief Communications Officer Ross Lane, the facility is a petroleum product transload facility, which means product will arrive by railcar and then be transferred to tanker truck.

That product can then be sold and distributed into the local market or regionally, depending on market need. For example, as the demand for petroleum products in agriculture and other industrial applications continues to rise, MRL can fulfill a market need both locally in Yellowstone and Stillwater counties, as well as in the surrounding region, said Lane.

The facility will also have the ability to transfer product from truck to railcar as well.

“In its most simple form, we’re moving product from one container to another,” said MRL’s Chief Communications Officer Ross Lane.

The transload facility has been anything but a secret. The very location of it is highly visible as it runs very closely to I-90. Also, MRL has been working with Stillwater County Commissioners, the county Disaster and Emergency Services office and the Park City Fire District on something Ross called “site familiarization” and training.

“Safety is the most important thing we do at MRL and is the guiding principle behind every activity we undertake,” said Ross. “The facility will feature state of the art environmental protection measures and safety equipment on site.”