CHS Inc is constructing two new Montana petroleum terminals and planning a third for eastern Washington in order to maximize supply efficiency for customers of its Cenex brand refined fuels products.
Terminals under construction are at Logan and Missoula MT, along the Yellowstone Pipeline. A location is being sought for a planned terminal in the Moses Lake WA area. The three terminals will supply CHS customers with a range of products for bulk distribution from the company's refinery at Laurel MT, including gasolines, diesel fuels, and ethanol-blended gasolines. The terminals are designed to accommodate biodiesel blends in the future.
The Montana terminals will handle product transported by the Yellowstone Pipeline, as well as railcars shipped from the Laurel Refinery. The planned eastern Washington terminal will receive product via railcar. The terminals will operate around the clock, 365 days a year.
The Missoula terminal is slated to be in operation in September 2007. It will have storage capacity of 148,000 barrels, the equivalent of 6.2 million gallons, and will have three full-time employees, as well as part-time personnel.
The Logan terminal is scheduled for operation in November 2007. Its storage capacity will be 90,000 barrels or 3.8 million gallons. The Logan terminal will have two full-time employees, as well as part-time staff.
A timetable has not yet been established for the planned eastern Washington terminal.