Industrial / Energy

NGL Rail Loading Hutchinson, KS

Unit Train Loading With Safety and Efficiency


NGL Energy needed a facility to load LPG or propane onto rail cars. However, the proposed location presented several significant issues. Challenges included existing wetlands; a nearby Superfund hazardous waste site; inclusion of the property in the 100-year flood plain; and the requirement for a special-use zoning permit from the county. In addition, the long, narrow site forced careful consideration of spotting and equipment layout to minimize costs of long piping runs. The comprehensive design and schedule required close coordination with both product supply pipeline and the BNSF.


Working closely with federal, state and local officials, the project team – including MKEC – addressed multiple permit requirements under deadline pressure. Our extensive experience with various unit train loading facilities allowed us to quickly develop a conceptual design, which expedited overall project development. Using 3-D modeling, we worked through various equipment arrangements to optimize facility layout, reduce initial capital costs and develop a facility that’s easy to operate. From our first client contact in April, we completed initial facility layout by early June and were able to issue preliminary construction drawings in August.

MKEC addressed multiple permit requirements under deadline pressure.

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