Univar Inc., a global chemical distributor of industrial and specialty chemicals and related chemistry services, held an opening ceremony on June 30 for a new, permanent facility in Dickinson, N.D., to support its oil and gas business in the Williston Basin.
Univar’s new 5-acre facility features two warehouses, one 15,000 square-foot facility for general storage and a second, 3,000 square-foot warehouse rated for indoor flammable storage. The facility also includes a truck base and a tank farm. This is Univar’s second facility in the Williston Basin. The first, in Williston, was opened in 2011 to serve the north side of the Basin.
“We are thrilled to be opening our second permanent facility in the area,” said Chris Oversby, Univar’s President of Global Oil & Gas and Mining. “We look forward to bringing new capabilities to our customers in this region, providing technical support and efficiencies directly to the wellsites.”
The Bakken shale formation is characterized by remote wellsites and harsh environments, creating serious infrastructure and delivery challenges for the standard chemical distribution model. Univar has already addressed a number of these challenges with transload and mobile ISO tank offerings. The permanent facility significantly increases Univar’s footprint and capabilities in the region enabling the company to deliver essential chemistries to wellsites on time. The opening of the Dickinson facility brings the total number of Univar’s dedicated oil, gas and mining facilities in the United States to 25.
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