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CHS constructing Montana petroleum terminals

CHS Inc, an energy and grain-based foods company, is constructing two Montana petroleum terminals and planning a third for eastern Washington in order to handle its Cenex-brand refined fuels products, according to CHS information.

The terminals under construction are located at Logan and Missoula MN along the Yellowstone Pipeline. The three terminals will supply CHS customers with products for bulk distribution from the company's refinery at Laurel MN, including gasoline, diesel fuel, and ethanol-blended gasoline. The terminals are designed to accommodate biodiesel blends in the future. Product will be shipped via the Yellowstone Pipeline and railcars from the Laurel Refinery. 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 in the Moses Lake area, but is slated to receive product via railcar when it is in operation.

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