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Arkansas Midland Railroad introduces ethanol unit train solution

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Tanks and Terminals,

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. has announced that, beginning this fall, its Arkansas Midland Railroad Company, Inc. (AKMD) subsidiary will offer the first ethanol unit train solution for the North Little Rock and surrounding gasoline-blending markets, serving the JP Energy terminal, which is the largest terminal at North Little Rock’s tank farm complex. Unit trains, which are able to handle up to 108 railcars, will be unloaded directly to JP Energy’s ethanol storage tanks on premises for onsite blending or direct outbound truck loading.

Prior to this, the local ethanol market was served only by truck deliveries and single-car rail shipments.

“AKMD is proud to bring this unique and efficient delivery solution to JP Energy and its customers,” Dewayne Swindall, President of AKMD, said. “It demonstrates the railroad’s ability to be a major transportation partner to surrounding industry and create logistics options that can lower costs for both area businesses and their customers.”

“Partnering with AKMD has enabled us to provide our customers with the most cost effective ethanol supply possible in Central Arkansas and beyond,” Cory Willis, Senior Vice President of Terminals and Distribution at JP Energy Partners, said. “By locating the unit train offload facilities directly adjacent to our terminal, we’re able to reduce unnecessary truck traffic and product transfers, further enhancing the efficiency and safety of our terminal operations.”

With the EPA’s mandate to increase the amount of biofuel mixed into the fuel supply, demand for ethanol blending is expected to increase, making a strong market for ethanol use in North Little Rock.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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