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Having the right measurements can create a competitive advantage

July 26, 2014 - By and

By now you’ve heard this phrase or variations of it so much it may have lost some clout: What gets measured gets managed. However, I would encourage you to resist the urge to roll your eyes the next time you hear it and instead assess where in your operation you’re lacking insight. As a good friend who’s very successful at... read more

New use for propane as deasphalting solvent

July 25, 2014 - By

Petrosonic Energy Inc. found a new use for propane as a solvent in deasphalting, a process that separates asphalt and other compounds from petroleum products. According to Petrosonic, which filed a patent for its solution, propane is a more affordable solvent than a number of alternatives it’s used in the past. Petrosonic developed the solution along with Gas Liquids Engineering of... read more

Oneok to build natural gas processing plant in Oklahoma

July 25, 2014 - By

Oneok Partners LP plans to invest up to $470 million to construct a 200 million-cubic-feet-per-day natural gas processing plant and related infrastructure across two Oklahoma counties. Oneok’s new Knox plant will gather and process natural gas from the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province, according to a press release. The company expects to complete construction of the plant and its related... read more

Will federal intervention help ease supply, distribution issues?

July 24, 2014 - By

Propane leaders reach out to legislators, agencies in effort to strengthen supply, distribution chain after last winter’s struggles. Pipeline transparency. Federal information and data collection. The Department of Commerce restriction on the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Hours-of-service (HOS) exemptions. These and other supply-related issues took center stage at Propane Days, the National Propane Gas Association’s (NPGA) annual lobbying... read more

Suburban Propane announces executive level promotions

July 24, 2014 - By

Suburban Propane Partners LP promoted Michael Stivala to president and CEO, effective Sept. 28, upon acting CEO Michael Dunn’s retirement. Stivala previously carried the title of president. In addition, Michael Kuglin was promoted to CFO and chief accounting officer. He previously served Suburban as vice president of finance and chief accounting officer. read more

Energy Distribution Partners adds customers in Ohio

July 24, 2014 - By

Energy Distribution Partners purchased the propane and lubricants division from Guttman Energy Inc., which serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in central Ohio. According to a press release, Guttman sold the division to focus capital on refined fuels, natural gas and electricity. read more

Conversion kits propel Blossman into mower market

July 23, 2014 - By

Blossman Services Inc. received EPA certifications for a number of Kawasaki propane engines for its Enerkit mower conversion kits. Blossman received certifications for engine model years 2008 through 2014, with engine horsepower ranging from 15.5 to 25.5. According to Blossman, an Enerkit incorporates a regulator and a duel-venturi mixer. A kit does not require a tuner. Enerkit components are designed for small-engine... read more

EPA issues propane-related warning about air conditioners

July 22, 2014 - By

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is cautioning homeowners, manufacturers of propane-based refrigerants, home improvement contractors and air-conditioning technicians of the safety hazards related to the use of propane in existing motor vehicle and home air-conditioning systems. According to EPA, a number of refrigerants with “22a” or “R-22a” in the name contain highly flammable hydrocarbons, such as propane. These refrigerants... read more

Kenworth of South Louisiana opens new branch

July 22, 2014 - By

Kenworth Truck Company, manufacturer of heavy- and medium-duty trucks, says Kenworth of South Louisiana opened a new parts and service facility in Lake Charles, La., near U.S. Highway 90. This location joins the four other facilities Kenworth of South Louisiana owns in Louisiana. They are in Carencro, Harahan, Houma and Port Allen. “Lake Charles is the largest community in southwest... read more

Dual-fuel, tri-fuel generators give users options

July 22, 2014 - By

Buffalo launched an expanded collection of generators that it says will appeal to homeowners, recreational users and jobsite professionals, as well as those looking for an alternative to traditional gasoline generators. The company is offering dual-fuel and tri-fuel generators that give users the ability to choose gasoline, propane or natural gas.   read more

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