WASHINGTON (September 6, 2017) — In remarks today at the grand opening of a new propane rail terminal in Montgomery, New York, Tucker Perkins, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council, said he expected the facility to improve service capability for propane marketers throughout the region.
The operator of the propane rail terminal, Crestwood Services, announced that the facility was open and operational today.
“This is a great day to be a champion of propane,” Perkins said. “The Crestwood Services propane rail terminal here in Montgomery should help make it easier for the area’s propane marketers to serve the many families and business in New York and New England who rely on clean American propane. It’s an example of the service-minded investment that our nation’s propane producers are making in propane infrastructure nationwide.”
The 20-acre facility is believed to be one of the largest such rail terminals in the country. It can store more than 280,000 gallons of propane to serve propane marketers and their customers. The Middleton and New Jersey railroads, which can operate seven days a week, will service the terminal.
“This new rail terminal will provide propane marketers across the Northeast with reliable supply on a year-round basis,” said Andy Ronald, vice president of supply and logistics development for Crestwood Services. “The convenient location of the terminal offers marketers greater access to product. Marketers in this region can rest easier knowing they’ll have reliable supply, when they need it.”
The terminal was designed and built by Superior Energy Systems, based in Columbia Station, Ohio. The terminal’s design includes 16 rail offloading stations on a continuous platform, operating two switches per day to ensure approximately 1 million gallons are offloaded daily. The four-spot truck rack with turbine pumps can load four trucks in 17 minutes, eliminating long wait times during peak winter months and optimizing daily transportation.
Perkins added that the terminal’s grand opening was a helpful reminder to propane customers to get ready for the busy home-heating season by getting their tanks filled early and working with their propane provider on a plan to stay safe and warm all winter.
Millions of Americans use propane at home, at work, on the farm, on the road, and anywhere they need powerful, reliable, portable energy.
In New York and New England combined, an estimated 570,000 households use propane as their primary heating source, and propane contributes more than $5 billion a year to the gross domestic product of the region.
Propane marketers who would like more information about Crestwood’s Montgomery rail facility should get in touch with Noel Meyer, northeast marketing and asset manager, at [email protected] or 816-714-5446.
About PERC: The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. For more information, visit propane.com.