Agroliquid has expanded the Goodland facility quite a bit over the last couple of years. Two new rail spurs, new load out building and new containment area for 10 – 30,000 gallon tanks. At all our facilities we are constantly looking for ways to streamline and improve our processes. Our Goodland facility was in need of a rail header unload system. When shipping products with rail cars you don’t want the cars sitting in one spot too long. There are many costs involved when using rail to move products. To alleviate some of the costs incurred, we have installed a new rail header to help speed up the unload process and get those cars back on the tracks across this great country of ours. With this new header system we can hook up and unload 18 tanker rail cars at one time and the person unloading the rail cars will not have to drag a hose from one car to the next, saving them time as well. In the picture below you can see concrete pillars sticking out of the ground. These pillars are the base for the piping. They are 12″ in diameter and very 1″ in height to allow the fluid to drain all the way to the pump. The pillars need to be below the frost line in the ground, which in Kansas is 32″ down in a typical year.
This is a 400′ long by 6″ diameter rail header system. You start the pipe process with 20′ long sections of stainless steel pipe. Cut the pipe where you need to weld in a T fitting with a flange so the valve and cam-lock can be attached, then weld a flange on each end of the pipe so the sections can be bolted together. Most of the welding was done inside the load out building (on right). When it comes to welding stainless steel you get the best weld results in an controlled environment. By “controlled environment” in Kansas I mean, the wind is not blowing on you! I do believe a 30 mph wind to Kansans is a slight breeze. Did you know “Kansans” have also been referred to as Jayhawkers, Grasshoppers or Sunflowers! A little trivia knowledge.
The pipes are held in place by U-Bolts attached to a stand on top of the concrete pillars. Now that the pipes are secured in place, all the additional parts need to be added. Butterfly valves, Cam-locks and Air vents are just some of the pieces.
In the picture below you see the opening to a main containment tunnel, a centrifugal pump and pump containment pad. Product will be pumped from the rail pipe, down into the tunnel and routed to locations throughout the facility. This tunnel is how we get product from one side of the facility to the other, while maintaining a high standard of containment. With this automated system we will be able to unload approximately 800 gallons per minute. That means in one day we can unload up to 384,000 gallons of product. Nice!
A couple more things to put in place and we will be ready to fire this up!