December 17, 2016
Major crude oil rail loading terminals in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin
The Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin(WCSB) has approximately 1.2 million barrels per day (MMb/d) of crude rail loading capacity.
Crude oil shipped from the WCSB can access refineries across North America through several large rail networks. Facilities known as rail loading terminals load the crude oil into specialized tank cars so it can be moved by train. Approximately 60% of total loading capacity in the WCSB is concentrated in northern and central Alberta, in the Edmonton and Hardisty regions. Both Edmonton and Hardisty are junction points for crude oil infrastructure and have become major hubs for crude oil exports to the United States (U.S.).