Fuel supply chain for southwest Kansas farmers to see improvement.
Patrons of Skyland Grain, LLC will soon have better fuel-purchase options, thanks to the addition of a new state-of-the art, 3-million-gallon fuel storage tank farm to be built near Ulysses.
Johna Norton, communications specialist for Skyland Grain said the company was going to use property originally being developed for an ethanol facility, purchased July 2018, for the new fuel tank station.
“Rail was installed on site for shipping of product, so SWKS Co-op will be able to take advantage of the rail already installed to ship in fuel by train when the market allows,” Norton said.
The Skyland board, which also maintains an agriculture facility between Pratt and Cunningham, is committed to having a steady fuel supply continuously available for producers.
“The new facility will be a huge step forward for the fuel supply chain in southwest Kansas,” Norton said.
In recent years, the area has seen the closure of two out of three fuel supply terminals, leaving only the Scott City terminal, which has had numerous outages and pipeline issues over the last three years. This has made it necessary to haul much of the areas fuel from McPherson and Sunray, Texas.
“Hauling fuel from places several hours away causes supply issues for area consumers,”Norton said. “This new storage facility will allow SWKS Co-op the ability to bring in fuel during the off-season, and store it until needed during the high volume season. The new tanks will also allow them to offer new options for patrons to purchase fuel, including Automated Farm Delivery (AFD). SWKS Co-op will still have all of their current products and services available, but with the addition of this new facility will be in a better position to guarantee fuel supply to our patrons.”
After its completion, it is Skyland’s intent for Southwest Kansas Co-op Service, Inc. to operate the new facility. The tanks will be located just west of Ulysses.