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Eastern Polk County Welcomes Magellan Midstream Partners New Biodiesel Storage and Blending Services in Pleasant Hill

Posted September 20, 2012 in Community Web Exclusives, Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill, Iowa – On September 18 Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. announced that it has begun operations of a new biodiesel storage and blending system at its petroleum and renewable fuel distribution terminal in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. The company was joined by U.S Senator Charles Grassley, and representatives from the City of Des Moines, City of Pleasant Hill, and the State of Iowa.

Frederick Hollister, Executive Director of the regional economic development agency said, “This is a great project for Pleasant Hill, Eastern Polk County and the region. Projects like this help the environment and create good jobs in our communities.”

“Magellan is a key primary sector business that contributes significantly to our local and regional economy through property taxes and high quality employment opportunities,” said Mike Richardson, Mayor of Pleasant Hill.  “This $2 Million investment to the Pleasant Hill site is yet another commitment by Magellan to long term operations in our community.”

The system includes a 5,000 barrel tank which is heated and insulated, heated and insulated lines from the tank to the truck loading bay. The system also includes a “ratio” blending system which accurately and safely injects biodiesel into diesel fuel as the products are loaded into the transport truck. Magellan now offers services for B2, B5, B10 and B20 biodiesel blends.

“Magellan is pleased to offer biodiesel storage and blending services to our customers in Des Moines,” said Shawn Barker, Magellan’s Director of Transportation & Marketing. “This state-of-the-art system offers our customers accuracy, quality and a variety of biodiesel blend options.”

Magellan received partial funding for the project from the Iowa Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Board, the Iowa Soybean Association and Soybean checkoff program, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (funding from the U.S. Department of Energy).

Currently, biodiesel storage and blending services are offered at Magellan terminals in Des Moines, IA, Mason City, IA, Minneapolis, MN, Rochester, MN, Alexandria, MN, Wrenshall, MN, Mankato, MN, Marshall, MN, Fargo, ND, Grand Forks, ND, New Haven, CT and Denver, CO.

Bruce Heine, Magellan Midstream Partners Director of Government and Media Affairs, 918-574-7010
Frederick Hollister, Executive Director, Eastern Polk Regional Development, 515-957-0088

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