Magellan Pipeline adds biodiesel infrastructure to major fuel hub

By The Iowa Biodiesel Board | September 14, 2012

A new hub of biodiesel distribution is up and running in Des Moines, leading to greater consumer access to America’s advanced biofuel. On Sept. 14, the Iowa Biodiesel Board congratulated the Magellan Pipeline Co. for completing a new biodiesel distribution facility at its largest petroleum distribution terminal in the state.

The company announced the opening of the terminal facility at the IBB annual meeting on Sept. 7. The installation of new equipment will allow for the unloading, storage and blending of biodiesel at the terminal.

“Having biodiesel available at major distribution points is critical to maintaining the state’s leadership position in biodiesel,” said Randy Olson, IBB executive director. “Improved distribution capabilities will enhance consumer access to biodiesel, and help the state’s biodiesel industry stand to capture a larger share of federal renewable fuel requirements nationwide.”

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 (funded by the U.S. DOE).

The infrastructure upgrade will enhance distribution of biodiesel by making it simple for petroleum distributors to access pre-blended fuel.

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

Iowa is home to 13 biodiesel plants, benefiting the state’s economy, energy security and environment. The IBB annual meeting had record attendance this year, signifying a robust industry in Iowa, Olson said.


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