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Insight: Uinta Waxy Crude Oil Flows Out of State, Spurring Possible Economic Growth in State

By: Thomas Holst

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Conceptualization of the Uinta railway project is approaching finalization. This project will transport Uinta Basin crude oil to the US Gulf Coast—removing bottlenecks to basin production, which is heavily dependent on local Utah refinery demand.

The proposed 90-mile rail project will carry Uinta Basin waxy crude oil from Myton Bench to terminals in Helper and Wellington. Currently, double-tanker trucks transport waxy crude oil to these terminals (Figure 1). The crude oil is then transferred to a national rail carrier and transported to the US Gulf Coast.

Figure 1: Uinta Basin Crude Oil Deliveries to Carbon County Terminals, 2022