- Associated Press - Sunday, August 21, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - More than 1,000 component pieces for two wind energy projects are moving in and out of Williston.

The pieces are towers and blades for the Sunflower wind project south of Hebron and the Lindahl wind project near Tioga, the Williston Herald (https://bit.ly/2bn8jlS) reported.

The parts are being transported to and from the Stony Creek rail yard, which is part of Red River Oilfield Services, Inc. Sunflower’s parts are scheduled to move out first, and Lindahl’s will follow.

Red River Oil president Curtis Shuck said the 1,000 pieces will correspond to nearly 130 wind towers.

The Stony Creek rail yard is a 180-acre site located in southeast Williston with immediate access to both rail and road transportation.



“We are moving freight from all over the globe through our facility,” Shuck said. “This year, and this is probably on the conservative side even, in terms of value of cargo that has moved through our facility, it will be in excess of half a billion dollars.”

Economic developer Shawn Wenko said the presence of the rail yard is another component that helps him promote the area.

“This gives us a chance to define the region on a much larger scale than just looking at Williston,” Wenko said. “It shows diversification and, from our standpoint, the components coming into a rail yard in Williston being shipped from that rail yard - it shows from a regional perspective that we are able to handle that capacity. It’s one more way Williston can act as a regional hub.”

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Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com

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