TRANSLOADING – Workers transload fracking sand from a rail car to a waiting truck (not seen) at Titan Transloading in the Levelland Industrial Rail Park. A record number of rail cars were processed into the park last month. Most of them are bringing in sand which is transloaded onto trucks and then delivered to oil well sites in the region. The sand is used for fracturing underground rock formations, which can increase crude oil production. (Staff Photoo)
The Levelland Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) saw record rail car volumes in the Levelland Industrial Rail Park (Rail Park) for February 2014 according to Shawn Kirkpatrick, LEDC executive director.
The Rail Park processed a record 418 rail cars in February, generating $20,900 for the LEDC in the process. In the preceding months, the Rail Park processed 346 rail cars in January, 2014 and 357 rail cars in December 2013. For the fiscal year (FY) 2013-2014, Oct. 1-Sept. 30, the facility processed 1,423 rail cars.
In its fourth year of operation, the Rail Park is seeing dramatic increases in FY 2013-2014 rail car volumes. In comparison, the Rail Park processed 1,861 rail cars in FY 2012-2013, 455 rail cars in FY 2011-2012, and zero rail cars in its first year of operation, said Kirkpatrick.