Agility Truck and Bus Engine Receives EPA Certification

(July 29, 2019) — Agility Fuel Solutions (Costa Mesa, Calif.), a provider of clean fuel solutions for medium- and heavy- duty commercial vehicles, recently announced it has received 2020 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification for its 488LPI propane engine for sale in truck and bus applications.
Agility Fuel Receives EPA certification for propane school buses truck autogas lpg engines reports BPN 072919
The 488LPI is built using Agility Fuel’s patented liquid propane injection technology to ensure consistent injection of propane in liquid state across all cylinders under all operating conditions, thereby improving engine performance. Agility designed the engine for reliability, with improvements such as a valve train with roller rockers and newly designed dress parts specifically engineered to ensure durability and fuel efficiency.

A custom configuration of the 488LPI is supplied to Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) as part of the DriveForce brand of engines. The DriveForce 8.0-liter is available for the Thomas Built Buses Inc. Saf-T-Liner autogas school bus and the FCCC S2G medium-duty truck.

“We are pleased to have received EPA certification early, as it gives propane fleet customers further confidence in our products as they plan their future clean-fuel vehicle purchases,” said Brad Garner, president of the Powertrain Systems division at Agility Fuel Solutions. “With this propane system, customers have an attractive option to control fuel costs and meet fleet sustainability goals through expanding clean-fuel vehicles in their fleet.”

Agility comments that by converting to propane fleets saves significant money on fuel costs and maintenance expenses. Propane can also help fleets meet their sustainability goals. Propane-powered engines produce less greenhouse gas emissions compared to gasoline and diesel. In addition, onsite propane fueling infrastructure is relatively inexpensive, making the fuel a viable choice even for fleets that run a smaller number of vehicles at a single location. Propane also has a narrow flammability range, which makes it a safe alternative fuel. Agility Fuel Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hexagon Composites ASA (Aalesund, Norway).

(SOURCE: The Weekly Propane Newsletter, July 29, 2019)

PERC Shares Resources for Park and Recreation Month

In recognition of National Park and Recreation Month in July, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) updated its online resources to help parks and recreation officials learn how propane-powered maintenance equipment can reduce local emissions and save on fuel and operating costs.
National Parks use propane LPG shuttles buses and vehicles for clean air like at Grand Canyon and other national parks
“The savings and environmental benefits of using propane makes the fuel a great choice for municipalities determined to keep their communities healthy, clean, and safe,” said Jeremy Wishart, PERC director of off-road business development. “We’re seeing increasing interest from municipal fleets in using clean-burning propane equipment to reduce emissions and costs. By highlighting these resources, we hope to connect park directors and fleet managers with the information they need to support those goals.”

National Park and Recreation Month, started in 1985
by the National Recreation and Parks Association, promotes the importance of parks and recreation in health and wellness, conservation, and social equity. Propane-powered mowers and autogas-fueled vehicles can help meet these goals by helping departments reduce emissions and cut fuel costs that can then benefit other parks projects.

The municipal resources webpage, Propane.com/ Resources-for-Municipalities, features several case studies and testimonial videos showcasing the success of fleets currently using propane mowers and autogas vehicles across the U.S. A fact sheet is also available on the site that can easily be shared with city council members or county commissioners.

Parks and recreation leaders and fleet managers can also access information regarding PERC’s Propane Mower Incentive Program, which offers a $1000 incentive for qualifying mower purchases or $500 for conversion kits, with a convenient online application. In addition, the Propane Mower Cost Calculator is an online tool that park officials and fleet managers can use to see the possible savings switching to propane can offer. The tool shows both immediate savings by using propane compared to gasoline or diesel, as well as savings that fleets can experience over time with the fuel.

The Find a Propane Supplier tool can be used to locate local refueling partners, and the Find a Propane Equipment Dealer tool includes more than 500 equipment dealers who sell propane-powered mowers or con- version kits in its database. The Cut eNewsletter, a quarterly emailed publication from PERC, offers insights on regulations, fuel incentives, videos and articles, research, new technology for commercial propane mowers, fleet management tips, and trade show or event announcements.

The Autogas Refuel eNewsletter, also a quarterly emailed publication from the council, features insights on propane autogas vehicles for private and public fleets, including fleet management tips, news regarding federal regulations and incentives, research, and peer case studies and videos.

Energy Distribution Partners Acquires Fallbrook Propane In California

(July 29, 2019) — Energy Distribution Partners (“EDP”), based in Chicago, Illinois, has announced the acquisition of Fallbrook Propane Gas Company with operations in and around Fallbrook, California; making EDP one of California’s largest propane service providers. Fallbrook Propane was founded as North County Welding Supply, Inc. in 1986 by Merrill and Deborah Everett.
Fallbrook Propane in California is acquired by Energy Distribution Partners (EDP) making it one of the largest propane providers in the state reports BPN July2019
The business soon expanded to include propane, and the Everett’s children joined Fallbrook Propane after college, contributing to the company’s significant success. As a result, Fallbrook Propane has grown to become a well respected propane supplier that serves more than 8,000 customers. Although the customer base is primarily residential, Fallbrook Propane also serves multiple casinos as well as other commercial businesses and agricultural operations. The operating territory includes all of San Diego County and the southeastern portion of Riverside County.

According to Chris Everett and Meredith Everett-Gordon, who have been co-managing Fallbrook Propane for the past few years, “We have enjoyed the opportunity to help our parents build Fallbrook Propane into a successful family business. Given Energy Distribution Partners’ reputation as a quality operator, we have chosen EDP to help us transition the business into a new era of growth and expansion. We look forward to working together with the EDP team to carry on Fallbrook Propane’s legacy of taking good care of our employees, providing exceptional service to our customers and staying involved with the local community.”

According to EDP CEO Tom Knauff, “The Everett family has run a very successful propane business and built an outstanding reputation in the communities they have served for over 30 years. We are extremely pleased to help the family transition to a new chapter in their lives and we look forward to working with Chris, Meredith and all of the fine employees at Fallbrook Propane to carry on the company’s legacy.”

About Energy Distribution Partners
Energy Distribution Partners is a rapidly-growing company in America's fast-changing energy landscape – with deep experience in retail and commercial propane sales, operations and finance. The company provides safe, reliable propane service to residential and commercial customers in California, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York. Energy Distribution Partners pursues a long-term strategy of purchasing successful operations in propane and other fuels and in the midstream energy sector, retaining the brand name, preserving local management and delegating to leaders in local communities. This is EDP’s 24th transaction. The company is actively seeking partners for growth. For more information, please visit www.edplp.net.

Enterprise Increases Infrastructure, Capacity

Enterprise Products Partners LP (Houston) has launched additional expansion projects, some of which will increase the company’s capacity to load LPG, polymer-grade propylene (PGP), and crude oil from its Enterprise Hydrocarbon Terminal (EHT) on the Houston Ship Channel.

Enterprise Products lncreases LPG Infrastructure for propane exports import facilities in Houston ship channel reports Weekly Propane Newsletter 072519Currently, Enterprise’s nameplate LPG loading capacity is about 660,000 bbld. Previously, the partnership outlined an initiative to add 175,000 bbld of capacity, which is under construction and expected to be completed late in the third quarter of this year. New Ship Channel projects will increase incremental LPG loading by another 260,000 bbld and are expected to be in service in the third quarter of 2020. When completed, the projects will elevate EHT nameplate LPG loading capability to nearly 1.1 MMbbld, or about 33 MMbbl a month.

Further, in response to record demand for PGP by international markets, the partnership is adding refrigeration facilities at its Houston Ship Channel terminal that will enable it to load up to an incremental 67,200 bbld, or about 2 MMbbl a month, of fully refrigerated product. With this expansion, Enterprise will increase flexibility by offering customers the capability to co-load fully refrigerated PGP and LPG onto the same vessel. The expanded capacity is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Enterprise is also constructing an eighth dock at its Houston terminal with the ability to load about 840,000 bbld of crude oil, increasing the partnership’s nameplate export capacity for crude at the facility to 2.75 MMbbld, or nearly 83 MMbbl a month. Expected to commence service in the fourth quarter next year, the new dock will be able to accommodate a Suezmax vessel, the largest ship class that can navigate the Houston Ship Channel.

“We are pleased to announce this additional investment in our Houston Ship Channel marine terminals,” said A.J. (Jim) Teague, CEO of Enterprise’s general partner. “In total, these expansions will enable us to load an incremental 1.3 MMbbld of LPG, polymer-grade propylene, and crude oil. Our integrated midstream system, including our Houston Ship Channel terminal, is providing Texas products with access to the highest value markets, including international markets. These projects utilize the latest technology to modify and expand existing facilities and represent a very efficient use of capital with attractive returns. A key driver and catalyst to make these additional investments in our Houston Ship Channel complex is clarity and certainty provided by recent legislation signed into law by Gov. Abbott that assures two-way traffic along the Houston Ship Channel.”

Enterprise estimates that by 2025 exports of U.S. crude oil will increase from 3 MMbbld to 8 MMbbld and the domestic LPG export market will double from 1.4 MMbbld to 2.8 MMbbld. Much of this growth is being driven by increasing production from the Permian Basin in Texas. The flexibility of the partnership’s integrated network, combined with access to supply, positions Enterprise to capitalize on future growth opportunities along the Gulf Coast.

Separately, Enterprise reports operation of the third train at its Orla cryogenic natural gas processing plant in Reeves County, Texas has begun. The completion of the latest processing unit at Orla boosts natural gas processing capacity at the facility to 900 MMcfd and allows Enterprise to produce in excess of 140,000 bbld of natural gas liquids. Throughout the Permian Basin, Enterprise now has the capability to process 1.3 Bcfd of natural gas and produce about 200,000 bbld of NGLs.

“The three trains at Orla that have been brought online over the past year reflect Enterprise’s agility and commitment to providing timely and efficient solutions for facilitating production growth in the prolific Permian Basin,” Teague said. “And we are not through yet expanding our processing capabilities in the Permian. The Mentone cryogenic natural gas processing facility in Loving County, Texas, which will have the capacity to process 300 MMcfd of natural gas and extract in excess of 40,000 bbld of NGLs, is on schedule for completion in the first quarter of 2020, and we are actively negotiating contracts with customers to underwrite additional capacity.”

Orla and Mentone extend Enterprise’s value chain in the Permian and Delaware basins, linking customers to the company’s integrated pipeline network, including the recently completed Shin Oak pipeline and the Texas Intrastate natural gas system. In addition, the partnership’s Mont Belvieu complex, where 300,000 bbld of fractionation capacity is under construction and expected to be available in 2020, as well as its extensive system of Gulf Coast export docks, provide access to attractive domestic and international markets.

(SOURCE: The Weekly Propane Newsletter, July 23, 2019)

One Recipe For Success: Study Whatever Interests You

Years ago, when William (Bill) Young was asked by a manager why he was resigning a job, he answered, “I no longer whistled while driving to work in the morning.” That has been a theme throughout his long career in the propane industry and even in his college days: he has dedicated his time to conquering challenging projects and having fun while doing it.

BPN's Then & Now special profile of Bill Young Superior Energy Systems who celebrates 50 years in propane industry Young’s career in the propane industry started with a summer job painting cylinders while in college. A week after being hired, and after answering “yes” when asked if he could do mechanical work, he completed his first propane conversion on a lift truck. As the end of summer neared, his employer asked if he would consider staying on and going to night school.

A Key Player
He did. More than half a century later, after working in several positions in the industry, Young is vice president of engineering for Superior Energy Systems (Columbia Station, Ohio). Over the years, he has served as a key player in the sale, design, engineering, construction, manufacture, and service of propane gas equipment.

His studies in college were varied, too. “I had an unusual approach to college,” Young recently told BPN. “I studied whatever interested me.” Between 1959 and 1965, at Youngstown University and the University of Pittsburgh, that included the basic sciences, mathematics, creative writing, philosophy, and music. Later he took a host of engineering courses. “As a consequence, I have 148 hours between Youngstown and Pitt,” he says. (Generally, 120 hours is enough for a bachelor’s degree.) “However, none of those things resulted in a degree. My wife once suggested I had become a professional student.”

Long, Varied Career
After accepting the offer to stay on at the propane company, Young’s long and varied career really got underway. The company he started with was Industrial Gases, a small independent propane company in Pittsburgh. The man who assigned him that first propane conversion and later asked him to stay on was the company’s president, Jerry Apt. Young became staff engineer in 1961.
“Industrial Gases had no domestic customers; we supplied industry only,” Young says. “As a small company, we shared duties as required. We drove trucks, filled cylinders, did service work, made sales calls, developed advertising, and designed systems. It was a wonderful place to work.”

While at Industrial Gases, Young and others performed hundreds of forklift truck conversions. They also converted several fleets of trucks to operate on propane fuel. All their personal vehicles ran on propane too. Young purchased his first new car—a 1962 Oldsmobile 88—and within two weeks it was running on propane. “I had propane vehicles continuously until 1983, when my wife asked if our next car could have a usable trunk.”

Many Interesting Things
At Industrial Gases, Young and others tried many interesting things. They worked with U.S. Steel to develop heated railroad cars to deliver hot tar to customers. They worked with oil well drillers to provide propane/air mixtures at 250% UFL (upper flammability limit) to allow drilling into gas-bearing sands in certain counties in Pennsylvania. They purchased a small fleet of old twin-barrel trailers and then delivered propane fuel to oil well rigs by simply exchanging trailers.
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In 1965, Industrial Gases was acquired by Ugite, a propane subsidiary of UGI Corp. Young managed a district and then became sales manager of Ohio. He was also a representative of APCO (Applied Engineering Co.), a major manufacturer of propane vaporizers and propane/air mixers for standby fuel. Ugite transitioned to AmeriGas, and Young became manager of specialty sales and engineering (sales and construction of standby fuel systems for the U.S.).

In 1977, Young resigned from AmeriGas and became vice president of sales and engineering for Alternate Engine Systems, a manufacturer of propane vaporizers and propane/air blenders and mixers.

“I missed the closeness of smaller companies,” he explains. The operations manager offered a raise and then a company car. When Young still said no, the manager asked why he was leaving. That’s when he answered that he no longer whistled on his way to work. “There was a pause, then he said, ‘That’s the best reason I ever heard for resigning a job.’”

A Fun Time
Joining Alternate Energy Systems was like returning to Industrial Gases. “The people were delightful, and everyone pushed to make it successful,” Young explains. “[Owner John Hallberg] had great vision and was outstanding at developing concepts. I was good at taking concepts and developing usable products. It was a fun time.”

While there, Young developed many automatic controls for systems, which allowed self-adjustment to maintain fuel quality. He and Hallberg worked on Hallberg’s POM (piston operated mixer) mixing valve. “It is so simple, yet accurate,” Young says. Young also designed and sold an ethane vaporizer to a steel company that was hoping to have available quantities of liquid ethane for fuel. “We were in the early stages of the energy crisis, and sales were good,” he explains. They also started an affiliate construction company, Alternate Energy Installations in Ohio. In 1983, Young became company president.

In 1989, Young left Alternate Energy Systems and worked at a nearby design/build contractor that specialized in propane systems. Over the next decade, he and the company designed and installed many natural gas utility peak shaving plants.

TN Bill Young Superior Energy Systems celebrates 50 years in propane industry“All It Took Was Dedication”
In 2002, Young and a small group started Superior Energy Systems and procured the assets of his previous employer. “We had the personnel, we had the contacts, and we had the knowledge to succeed,” he says. “All it took was dedication.” Today, Superior Energy Systems is one of the leading engineering, procurement, and construction contractors for natural gas liquids.

After being contracted to supply and install a number of auto fuel dispenser packages, and seeing they seemed relatively simple to build, Superior Energy Systems started manufacturing dispensers. Today, the company manufactures a wide range of propane autogas dispensing systems.

“Alliance AutoGas opened up a much larger market for us for dispensers,” Young says. “It was easier to have Alliance handle distributing the information on our behalf. The driving force behind propane autogas was my partner Donald Fernald. He has an astute view of future trends.”

Then and Now
Looking back at the previous 55-plus years, Young says there are two differences between then and now that really stand out.

One involves equipment design: “Over the years, there have been many changes in equipment design,” he says. “When I started, all of the control instruments were pneumatic. We went from pneumatic to digital and from digital to PLC (programmable logic computer). In earlier days, control instruments were grouped around each process. Now a central PC connects with a number of remote PLC systems, which allows remote monitoring and control if needed.”

The second change involves propane marketers: “Propane companies are far different now than when I first worked in the industry. Few propane companies have servicemen for appliance work. The only concern is to deliver gas. While I have no vast knowledge of the domestic business, I believe that marketers have lost most of the personal contact with homeowners because of the loss of service people.”
BPN July 2019 Then & Now features Bill Young of Superior Energy Systems celebrating 50 years in propane industry
Over the years, Young has been honored by industry organizations. In 2003, he received the Personal Distinction Award from the Canadian Gas Association. The same year, he received a 40-year Participation award from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In 2017, he was named to the LP Gas Hall of Fame. This year, at the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting in June, Young received a Chairman’s Citation for his service to the industry.

Throughout his career, too, Young has been an active member of industry organizations. He has served on ANSI committees for more than 45 years; he has been an active member of NPGA for more than 45 years; he has participated in that group’s Technology, Standards, and Safety Committee for more than 30 years; and Young has served on numerous National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) committees for 25 years. He has also testified in front of government entities to help lift propane restrictions and create and improve standards.

A Keen Interest
“I do have a keen interest in voluntary consensus codes,” Young says. “They allow an average person a chance to discuss safety and actually be heard.”

“Unfortunately, I see fewer and fewer people from the propane industry joining these groups,” he adds. “There are many Canadian Safety Association (CSA) groups who need members. Often, the meetings are held via video conference. This eliminates the travel costs and the living expense of having to attend a meeting.”

Just as Young says he had an unusual approach to college, he says codes should not require one, defined approach.

“My friend Jim Stannard, who passed away a few years ago, always cautioned that we are not making a cookbook,” Young says. “Codes should state the objective, but not the route. We have those who want the codes to be too explicit—like suggesting that you must put on your left shoe before putting on the right shoe.” — Steve Relyea

(SOURCE: Butane-Propane News magazine, July 2019)