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Company looks at Carlsbad to build railroad trans-loading facility

CARLSBAD – One company is considering building a railroad trans-loading facility in Carlsbad.

Northern White Sand, a subsidiary company to Eagle Materials, is currently in the process of doing a feasibility study for building a sand unloading station in Carlsbad.

Rail cars would bring sand in from mines the company owns, then transfer the sand to customer’s trucks.

Representatives from the company presented their proposed project to the Eddy County commissioners on March 10.

Northern White Sand primarily manufactures and distributes specialty cement to case oil wells, as well as sand for oil well production.

The company is currently expanding its operations to serve customers in several shale plays, and as a part of that expansion are looking at Eddy County.

The company is in the preliminary stages of acquiring a 187-acre piece of land along Calvani Road to build the facility.

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If the facility is built at the proposed site, a railway crossing would have to be built across Calvani Road.

“That would be the first thing that we would need to do, is submit an application to get a crossing across that county road,” said Eagle Materials Executive Vice President Gerry Essl while presenting the plans to the Eddy County Commissioners on Tuesday.

Commissioner James Walterscheid expressed concern about the safety of the crossing and the time people would spend waiting at such a crossing.

Essl said that the time a train might keep people waiting to cross the tracks would take about 7-10 minutes, but that the project was in the very preliminary stages and details like that haven’t been worked out yet.

Essl stressed that safety is the company’s top priority.

If built, the station would create an estimated six to eight full-time employees, though that will depend on the “overall demand of the marketplace,” Essl said.

The activity at the proposed site would probably be minimal for sometime, according to the presentation, and will depend on the oil market overall.

 

This article was written by Katie England from Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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