Rangeland launched construction of the COLT Hub in May 2011. The facility came into service just one year later. Today the COLT Hub serves as a point of liquidity for the distribution of Bakken crude oil throughout North American markets by providing customers with crude oil storage and connectivity to the BNSF Railway Company and various inbound and outbound pipeline systems.
The COLT Hub aggregates crude oil produced in Williams and McKenzie counties by pipeline and truck; provides crude oil handling, on-site blending and storage services through on-site tankage; and access to multiple downstream crude oil markets through pipeline and unit train loading capabilities. With 720 MBbl of working capacity tankage (six 120 MBbl tanks), space for additional tanks (120 MBbl or larger), eight truck bays, and two 8,700 foot rail loops, COLT accommodates large 120-car unit trains and, at the time of its sale to Inergy Midstream, L.P. was capable of moving more than 120 MBbl/d by rail.
COLT also provides pipeline services into and out of the COLT Hub through the COLT Connector, a 21-mile, bidirectional, crude oil transmission pipeline. The pipeline has a capacity of 70 MBbl/d and connects the COLT Hub to a point of interconnect with multiple existing and planned crude oil pipelines at Rangeland's Dry Fork terminal near the Beaver Lodge/Ramberg junction, eight miles south of Tioga, North Dakota, including interconnects to the Tesoro and Enbridge pipeline systems. Rangeland built a 120 MBbl storage tank at Ramberg to facilitate these movements.
At the time of its sale to Inergy Midstream, L.P. in December 2012, the COLT system served four large crude oil refiners/marketers including Tesoro Corporation and Flint Hills Resources. Rangeland also had inbound agreements with Bear Tracker Energy, the Highland Crude Market Center and the Tesoro High Plains Pipeline as well as outbound connections with Enbridge and Tesoro.