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Black Thunder Terminal

A joint venture between Meritage and Arch Coal, the Black Thunder Terminal provides producers in the Powder River Basin and downstream refiners with terminal services for multiple grades of outbound crude oil and inbound frac sand. The terminal is located on property east of Arch’s active operations and close to the heart of the PRB's crude oil production activity. Black Thunder provides producers with multiple, cost-effective options for delivering product to markets to the east, west and south and is served by the BNSF and the Union Pacific railways.

Early-stage operations for transloading crude oil from inbound trucks to outbound trains became operational in April 2014 for 70-car units. Initial outbound shipping capacity  is 15,000 barrels per day (bpd). A Phase I expansion calls for the addition of a 100,000-barrel storage tank, truck bays, and loading arms to bring throughput capacity to 25,000 bpd. Phase II of the planned expansion includes up to four 100,000 bbl storage tanks and a 16-car load rack with a target load time of 15 hours. A planned crude oil gathering system will support the terminal.

Arch Coal brings its logistical talent, reclaimed land, rail switching and loop and other existing infrastructure assets at its Black Thunder mining complex in Campbell County, Wyoming, to the joint venture. Meritage contributed capital and is leveraging its deep industry expertise to serve as the developer and operator of the terminal.