North America

First mile

NORTH AMERICA Local tank truck operators are branching out into new areas of the supply chain to meet expanding demands as shippers investigate new ways of moving material

Truck driver filling up his truck

Tracks to black gold

CRUDE-BY-RAIL Rail infrastructure developers in North America are increasingly shaping their business activities with an eye toward shale energy production

Rail tank carrying crude oil

Half-time scores

US MIDSTREAM The shale oil boom is driving demand for transport and storage capacity in North America. Not surprisingly, crude oil volumes lead the way but LPG is not far behind, as the midstream operators report their six-month figures

Kinder Morgan terminal at Pasadena

Hungry for oil

ANALYSIS The sudden emergence of massive new product streams from shale oil developments, together with seismic shifts in the structure of the oil industry, are placing new strains on the terminal network in North America. But the sector seems to have the capability to deal with it

Shale production

CIT grows rail tank fleet

CIT Rail, the third largest railcar lessor in North America, has placed orders for 3,000 tank cars from a number of manufacturers. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2014.

Shale rush!

US Rapid development of North American oil and natural gas reserves from shale plays has meant boom times for operators that can move product. But as dust settles after the initial rush to market, various players are reconfiguring their strategies

Shale production

Trimac set to buy Fortress

Trimac Transportation Ltd, the Canadian wing of the North American road tanker operator, has entered into a letter of intent to acquire a majority interest in the parent company of Fortress Transport.

Build a better tank

RAIL Analysis of recent incidents in North America involving rail tank cars, together with technical research work, has underpinned new proposals for enhanced tank car performance standards from PHMSA and FRA

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