More than 30,000 barrels (1.26 million gallons) of crude oil a month is being moved through the new transload site that Atlas Oil Company opened earlier this year in Odessa TX. Served by the Union Pacific Railroad, the five-acre facility has enough trackage for 14 tankcars. The facility can transfer crude oil from up to two tank trailers at a time.
Phil Pruchnic connects a Dixon dry disconnect coupling to a tankcar valve at the Atlas Oil crude oil transload facility in Odessa.
A crude oil transport leaves after unloading at the Atlas Oil transload site in Odessa.
Atlas Oil's fleet of more than 100 petroleum transports and tankwagons transports a wide range of refined fuel products. The company runs Kenworth trucks and tractors and Heil petroleum trailers.
Logistics and customer service specialists monitor operations system-wide at Atlas Oil's Taylor MI headquarters.
Transloaders show up on the software display as loading racks. The software at the Odessa transload location shows two loading positions.
A golf cart is all that is needed to reposition the transloaders used to transfer crude oil from tanker rig to tankcar.
A transport driver displays the tractor-mounted centrifuge that is used to determine the specific gravity of crude oil.
A transport driver closes the trailer valve once the crude oil has been transferred to the rail tankcar.
Transloaders used by Atlas Oil are essentially a loading rack on a cart. The units have plenty of redundancy to ensure that component breakdowns don't shut down the crude oil transload process.
A Dixon dry disconnect coupling helps reduce the possibility of crude oil spills during the transloading process.
Transloader components include a MicroLoad control unit and Scully Groundhog grounding system.
Transloader equipment includes a Smith Meter positive displacement meter and a Veeder-Root register with ticket printer.
Crude oil transfer is handled by a Gorman-Rupp electric pump mounted on the transloader.