BNSF Logistics (BNSFL) and Tri Global Energy (TGE) recently announced completion of a formal agreement to align resources, market knowledge and industry relationships to support BNSFL’s development of their West Texas Wind Energy Logistics Center (WTWLC). The joint marketing agreement between the two leaders in their respective markets is an innovative approach to manage capacity, optimize routing of turbine components and drive greater volumes through a major facility to reduce costs on a per unit basis. With cost per megawatt getting closer to a level that will make wind energy developers less reliant upon subsidies or tax credits, any additional savings that can be taken out of the supply chain is considered critical by industry insiders and observers.
Tri Global’s investment and commitment to directing project activity through the WTWLC, has enabled BNSFL to be more aggressive in development plans and timelines. A site has already been selected that is strategically situated in the heart of TGE’s proposed project plans and development is already underway. The initial stage calls for development of 40 acres, though BNSFL holds the option on the entire 200-acre site. When fully developed the site will be receiving, storing and loading out hundreds of turbine components each month, receiving components via both rail as well as truck.
In September 2013, TGE announced the largest community-sponsored wind farm project to date in the United States. TGE has 16 planned projects in various stages of development and has more than 640,000 acres under lease for current and future project development.
Discussions regarding the WTWLC are already underway with a number of component manufacturers and OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and the innovations being developed in both component transloading and in-transit handling have peaked interest with many of the wind players. While the services and capacity of the WTWLC will be available to the entire wind energy sector, developers, OEMs and logistics service providers alike, TGE will enjoy some distinct benefits for their “early adopter” status.
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