CHS Launches Propane Rail-Ship Terminal in Yuma

CHS has recently inaugurated a state-of-the-art propane rail-ship terminal in Yuma, Colorado, offering a significant boost to propane marketers in the region. Strategically located, the facility is set to benefit businesses across eastern Colorado, western Nebraska, and western Kansas, providing a much-needed alternative to the distant Conway propane hub in Kansas.

Scott Pearson, Vice President of CHS Propane, emphasized the initiative’s role in addressing regional supply challenges. Previously, propane suppliers in the area faced lengthy journeys of up to ten hours to secure propane loads. The new terminal is a testament to CHS’s commitment to ensuring a stable, accessible supply in the region.
Recent disruptions in the supply chain, coupled with gas plant shutdowns and a refinery’s shift to renewable diesel production, have strained propane availability in these areas. Additionally, the industry has grappled with driver shortages, further complicating delivery logistics.

Local businesses have welcomed the new facility with open arms. David Dodson, Vice President of Energy at Ag Valley Co-op in Edison, Nebraska, expressed optimism that the terminal would bolster propane availability, especially during peak heating seasons. Similarly, Jess Wimmer, Petroleum Division Manager at WESTCO in Alliance, Nebraska, highlighted the terminal’s potential to alleviate supply chain bottlenecks and reduce wait times at critical junctures.

CHS, a leading propane wholesaler in the U.S., operates an extensive network with access to over 150 terminals across 40 states and five Canadian provinces. The Yuma facility, equipped with two loading stations and 24-hour access, can accommodate 12 railcars, ensuring efficient and quicker loading processes.

Pearson concluded by reiterating CHS’s dedication to being a reliable propane supplier. The Yuma terminal is set to streamline the propane acquisition process, enhancing convenience and efficiency for customers in the heartland of America.

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