Colt Crude Oil Loading Terminal

Colt-Crude-Oil-Loading-TerminalRangeland Energy’s Crude Oil Loading Terminal (COLT) is North Dakota’s largest open-access crude oil distribution hub. Located in the Bakken and Three Forks shale oil-producing areas, the COLT terminal provides refiners, marketers, and producers with outbound service by unit train and through the COLT Connector. The connector is a 21-mile, bidirectional pipeline that links the COLT terminal with multiple existing and planned pipelines at Rangeland’s Dry Fork Terminal near Tioga, North Dakota.

With six 120,000-barrel storage tanks and two 8,700-foot rail loops, the COLT hub accommodates large, 120-car unit trains and is capable of moving more than 120,000 barrels of crude oil per day out of the Bakken Shale.  Its initial 720 MBL (thousands of barrels) of working storage capacity is expected to expand as Bakken production increases.

Wilson & Co. retained Fisher Engineering, Inc. (FEI) to provide fire protection engineering services, which included conceptual fire protection design; developed construction documents for the preaction foam-water fire sprinkler system for the facility’s loading platform, the fire pump house, and the preaction foam-water releasing system; and reviewed fire protection design submittals. The system was designed to require little intervention from the operations personnel and/or responding fire departments because the local, all-volunteer fire department had limited manpower.


Rangeland Energy, LLC


Wilson & Company, Inc.


Epping, ND

Services Provided

  • Conceptual fire protection design
  • Construction document development
  • Design submittal review

Construction Cost

$100 million



Completion Date