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6/5/2006



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BNSF lines up ethanol move to the Dallas/Fort Worth market



BNSF Railway Co. has landed a deal with petroleum products wholesaler Musket Corp. to transport ethanol to the Dallas/Fort Worth market.

On June 23, the Class I will begin moving ethanol from the Midwest to a Fort Worth BNSF terminal, where Musket will transload the shipments onto sister company Gemini Motor Transport’s trucks for delivery to local ethanol storage and blending facilities.

“The arrangement comes at a critical time for Dallas/Fort Worth as refiners switch to ethanol from the gasoline additive MTBE to meet EPA standards this summer,” said Kevin Kaufman, BNSF group vice president-agricultural products, in a prepared statement.

In 2003, BNSF developed Ethanol Express™, the rail industry’s first ethanol unit train, according to the Class I. The program offers ethanol producers increased fleet utilization, lower inventory carrying costs and logistics coordination, BNSF said. The railroad moves more than 223 million gallons of ethanol annually through Ethanol Express.


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