Propane Terminals


The phrase “propane terminal” commonly refers to a large propane storage facility that is supplied by either rail or pipeline. In more rare instances some are supplied by barge or ship. These terminals are designed and located to accommodate the needs of the market where the historical supply chain fails to meet the demand. These facilities bring propane into the terminal in larger quantities and load the product into trucks for distribution to the end users.

Rail In - Truck Out

This is the most common type of propane terminal throughout the country. Major producers and/or wholesalers utilize this type of trans-shipment terminal to fill voids in the pipeline supply infrastructure in strategic geographical locations. Propane is transported into the terminal via railcars that carry in excess of 30,000 gallons each. The propane is stored in tanks at the site and sold into transport trucks and bobtails for delivery further down the supply chain.

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Some of our Rail-In / Truck-Out Projects:

Plains LPG Services Niagara Energy, LLC. Quarles Petroleum, Inc. Farm & Home Oil Coompany
Plains LPG Services
Niagara Energy, LLC.
Quarles Petroleum, Inc.
Farm & Home
Oil Company

"It was a pleasure working with Superior Energy on our project. SES designed and built our terminal in a very professional manner providing us with a state-of-the art facility."
Alan Jones
Farm & Home - Terminal Operations Manager

"Superior Energy proved that my decision to contract our propane rail terminal to them was the right decision. We hope to be working with SES on future projects."
Ken Longacre Jr.
Farm & Home - V.P. Heating Oil and Propane Service

"Working with SES on this project was a pleasure. They know their stuff and are true professionals in designing and installing propane terminals."
James Renaldo, Jr.
General Manager
Niagara Energy, LLC.

Pipeline In - Truck Out

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DCP Midstream

This type of terminal is generally a much larger scale facility but serves the same purpose;  to fill voids in the supply chain. Propane pipeline companies are trying to better utilize their existing assets by adding truck loading facilities.

A pipeline that carries refined products or natural gasoline can sometimes utilize that same pipeline to “batch” propane to serve the needs of the market. A buffer of another product is added to each end of a “batch” of propane, then, when the product arrives at the terminal, the buffer is emptied into a storage vessel and then the propane is transferred into the terminal tanks for delivery into transports and bobtails. These batches are usually a minimum of 50,000 barrels so the terminal storage tanks must be capable of holding large volumes of product at one time.

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Some of our customers include:

DCP Midstream • Targa • Inergy • Caimen • CHS • Plains • Quarles • Buckeye • MarkWest
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