Helm Group

BNSF Railway – Chicago & Elwood Locations

Helm’s Industrial team was awarded the DFO Expansion projects for BNSF’s Chicago and Elwood locations. This combined project scope required detailed coordination and strategic planning to limit shutdown time at both facilities, which Helm completed within the allotted time through intense prefabrication efforts utilizing front-end scanning technology and virtual design. The Chicago location focused on the removal of the existing DFO tanks and the installation of two new 1,000,000 gallon storage tanks complete with two new truck unloading platforms for fuel transfer. Also included in this location was an update to the existing pump house with a new storage tank, twelve element filter, and all new piping. The new expansion at the Elwood Intermodal location consisted of 100,000 gallons of storage, new trucking platforms, and all associated piping and specialties.

The installation included flow measurement devices, tank level monitoring devices, pumps, and piping was installed in accordance with ASME B31.3 code requirements, as well as air eliminators, flow control valves, and pressure control devices.