ALTERNATIVE FUEL NOTES
There are currently 136 conventional
ethanol plants in operation in the US with the capacity to produce 8
billion gallons of ethanol per year. Some 62 additional ethanol refineries
are under construction or in the planning stages.--Bob Dinneen, president of
the Ethanol Industry Trade Association, quoted in the Oil Daily,
February 11, 2008.
"Affordable plug-in cars that won't need gas in just two years?
That's the aim. Autos with batteries you can recharge nightly are likely in
2010 as manufacturers push to meet new mileage standards. The plug-ins will
really be hybrids that average 80-100 miles per gallon. But the new cars
won't need gas for most daily commutes and chores. An overnight home charge
will keep cars running for up to 40 miles. First cars off the line: Chevy
Volt and Saturn Vue Green Line. GM wants to quickly ramp up production to
100,000 plug-ins annually, and by 2015, expect that to grow to a half
million. Toyota also set 2010 as a rollout date for a plug-in Lexus. Others
are likely to follow suit."--The Kiplinger Letter, January 25, 2008.
VeraSun Energy and Kroger Co. said February 26 that they would open
20 "VE85" branded fuel locations at existing Kroger convenience stores in
the Dallas and Houston metro areas.
Magellan Midstream Partners and Buckeye Partners said February 19
that they have begun a joint assessment of whether to build an ethanol
pipeline that would run from the Midwest to Northeastern United States. The
proposed pipeline, with a preliminary cost estimate of over $3 billion,
would extend about 1,700 miles and take several years to build. Upon
completion, the pipeline would have the capacity to supply more than 10
million gallons of ethanol per day, gathering ethanol from production
facilities in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and South Dakota to serve terminals
in major markets such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York, the
PEI’S ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANK
INSTALLATION STANDARD TO BE REVISED
The PEI Aboveground Tank Installation
Committee is in the process of revising PEI’s Recommended Practices for
Installation of Aboveground Storage Systems for Motor Vehicle Fueling
(PEI/RP200-03). The entire industry—PEI members, regulators, oil company
owners and engineers, and petroleum marketing trade associations—is given
an opportunity to comment on and suggest changes to the document. The
recommended practice covers all phases of proper AST installation: site
planning; foundations, support and anchorage; dikes; vaults and special
enclosures; tanks; pumps and valves; fills, gauges and vents; pipe and
fittings; corrosion protection; electrical installation; environmental
protection; and testing and inspection.
RP200 is applicable only to stationary,
shop-fabricated tanks used at commercial and retail service stations and
marinas. The document is referenced in the latest edition of NFPA 30A and
is required reading for the International Code Council’s (ICC) aboveground
storage tank certification program.
PEI will follow the same procedure in
revising RP200-03 that has been used with previous updates of the
recommended practices PEI publishes. If you have suggestions or
recommendations for revisions to RP200-03, you can submit them online or
download a form to mail or fax at
Instructions for completing the form are also available on this web site.
All comments must be received at PEI by
Wednesday, April 30, 2008, to be considered by the committee. If you have
any questions or need further information, contact Bob Young (email@example.com)
or call 918-494-9696.
Ameron International/Fiberglass Composite Pipe Group, Houston, Texas,
has named John W. Kennedy Company Petroleum & Industrial Equipment as
its 2007 Distributor of the Year and Eastern States Associates,
Palmer, Massachusetts, as its 2007 Representative of the Year.
Northwest Pump & Equipment has moved its branch operation in Anchorage
to a new facility at 1041 East 70th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99518.
Telephone: (907) 277-7867. Fax: (907) 522-9696.
BP West Coast Products LLC will sell 155 retail sites in Arizona,
California, Oregon and Washington as part of its plan to divest its
company-owned and -operated retail sites.
Bob Bartlett, president of the Wisconsin Petroleum
Marketers and Convenience Store Association, has announced his plans to
resign his position and join the staff at Alliant Energy Corporation.
ASSOCIATIONS ELECT NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
The Steel Tank Institute and Steel Plate Fabricators Association
elected new officers and members to its board of directors at its annual
winter meeting held earlier this month in Arizona. Six are PEI members:
Sonny Underwood, Mid-South Steel Products, Inc. (chairman of the board);
Chuck Travelstead, Brown-Minneapolis Tank (president); Terry Cooper, Acterra
Group (vice president); Ron Houston, J.L. Houston Co. (treasurer); Ron
Ecleberry, Modern Welding Co. (board member); and Tim Woofter, Stanwade
Metal Products (board member).
Bob Renkes, PEI's executive vice president, has been elected chairman
of the Association Executives Council of the National Association of
Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW). Renkes also serves as a member of the NAW
Board of Directors.
Virginia distributor. OneSource Petroleum Supply, 66 Rutherford Lane,
Stuarts Draft, Virginia 24477, has applied for distributor division
membership. Alexander P. Campbell is a partner in the firm, which was
established in 1992. OneSource is a full-line distributor of petroleum,
lubrication and fluid handling equipment representing 3M, AlcoLite, BravoInc,
Catlow, ClayBailey, CntmtSoltn, Diversified, EBW, FairfldInd, Franklin,
HoseMaster, Lincoln, LSI, ModernWeld, PetroFiber, Pneumrcatr, PwrInteg,
Riverside and SuprCanopy. Sponsored for PEI membership by David Bass,
ShannonAsc, Southern Pines, NC.
Fluid measurement and control systems manufacturer. Liquid Automation
Systems, LLC, 916 Belcher Drive, Pelham, Alabama 35124, has applied for
manufacturer division membership. Jef Gaskill is president of the firm,
which was established in 2002. The company provides systems and components
to track, monitor and control all fluid storage and movements, which are
sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Kenneth Hessevick,
LqdCntrols, Lake Bluff, IL.
Australia tank manufacturer. Transtank Pty. Ltd., 27 South Pine Road,
Brendale, Queensland, Australia 4500, has applied for manufacturer division
membership. Colin Quinn is the general manager for Canada, which was
established in 2001. The company manufactures portable, double-walled
storage tanks and fuel equipment, which are sold through distributors.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Steve Murray, TotlConSys, Fort Wayne, IN.
Massachusetts installation and service firm. Lemelin Environmental
Services, Inc., 70 North Chicopee Street, Chicopee, Massachusetts 01020, has
applied for service and construction division membership. Julie Dean is the
bookkeeper for the company, which was established in 2004. The firm installs
and repairs fuel systems, installs underground tanks and tank gauges, and
removes USTs. Sponsored for PEI membership by Frank McGoogan, FuelMaster,
New York equipment financing firm. Bison Commercial Leasing, 6800
Jericho Turnpike, Suite 102W, Syosset, New York 11791, has applied for
affiliate division membership. Donald Sutherland is vice president of the
firm, which was established in 1992. Bison Commercial Leasing provides
financing for equipment purchases. Sponsored for PEI membership by David F.
De Costa, ArmorCon, Fairfield, NJ.
Ohio petroleum construction company. Giles Construction, Ltd., 1690
Woodlands Drive, Suite 241, Maumee, Ohio 43537, has applied for service and
construction division membership in PEI. Denise M. Giles is CEO/president of
the firm, which was established in 2002. The company specializes in petroleum
construction. Sponsored for PEI membership by Lorne Trainor, BlackEqp,
North Carolina installation and service company. Coulson Petroleum
Services, P. O. Box 68, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72115, has applied for
membership in the service and construction division. Stan D. Fox is the
service department manager for the firm, which was established in 2006. The company
installs and services gasoline handling equipment. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Lyndell Thomas, HootenEqp, Springdale, AR.
Virginia service and construction firm. Rappahannock Petroleum LLC,
225 Ritter Road, Winchester, Virginia 22602, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Starsky A. Dodson is supervisor of
operations for the firm, which was established in 1982. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Fred Monroe, Monroe, Arlington, TX.
Virginia aluminum composite material manufacturer. Alpolic Materials/Mitsubishi
Chemical FP America, Inc., 401 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320,
has applied for affiliate division membership. Mike Caldwell is specialty
national sales manager for the firm, which was established in 1986. The
company manufactures materials for canopies, convenience store fascia,
carwash interiors and interior walls. Nominated for PEI membership by Ronnie
Jones, LaneSupply, Arlington, TX.
ADMITTED TO PEI MEMBERSHIP
- Estes Petroleum Equipment Company, Inc., dba
Performance Fueling Specialists, Knoxville, TN (dis)
- Tanques Especializados de Chihuahua S.A. de C.V.,
El Paso, TX (mfr)
- Dispensarios Supramax, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico (aff)
- Hose Assembly and Supply Ltd., Kingston, Jamaica,
West Indies (S&C)
- Gryphon, Inc., Buffalo Grove, IL (aff)
- Jeremy Templin, Kroger Company, Denver, CO (O&E)
- Bruce Richardson, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH