The Union Pacific Railroad has announced the opening of its Railport in Odessa, Texas, to support the energy sector's development of the Permian Basin. It is the latest example of how logistics and transportation companies are investing to handle inbound and outbound shipments tied to the rapid development of shale rock formations across the United States.
Union Pacific Distribution Services, a subsidiary of the railroad, is providing door-to-door truck transportation to and from the facility, which provides temporary storage space, inventory management systems and dedicated tracks for pipe and sand transloading. It also has a certified truck scale on site.
The Railport is located near Interstate 20 and Texas Highway 338 in Odessa.
Drilling companies mix sand with water and other chemicals and inject it into the shale formations to create seams that will allow oil and gas to flow to the well head.