Although this complex project called for a full range of engineering disciplines into play, the most difficult challenge was simply that of time. MKEC was brought into the project in April 2011 and charged with helping make it operational by the end of that year. Although work had started, little had been done. Our task was to design the mechanical, civil, electrical and structural components required to collect, store and transfer crude oil at the facility. We also were asked to provide equipment procurement services for the project.
To meet this challenge, we drew on virtually every corner of MKEC. For this project, we designed plans for one component, reviewed them and then pushed them out to the worksite while moving on to the next section. This got construction under way and kept the project moving toward completion. Through close collaboration with the owner and onsite contractors, we were able to complete the project on the tight schedule, handling issues as they arose and getting it operational in advance of the challenging North Dakota winter. The facility initially handled a full 102-car unit train per day but as additional work is completed that will increase to nearly four unit trains each day.