U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) was among those attending a a grand opening and open house this week at Magellan Midstream Partners’ biodiesel blending facility in Mason City, Iowa.
This article in the Mason City Globe Gazette says the new facility is the first biodiesel blending system located inside a petroleum terminal in Iowa:
“This is a perfect example of cooperation between energy companies — of companies working arm in arm instead of in competition with one another to solve a problem,” said Grassley.
Magellan plays a significant role in Iowa’s biodiesel infrastructure as the majority of diesel in Iowa flows through its system, and this terminal to blend biodiesel is a big part of that.
Don Wellendorf, president and chief executive officer of Magellan, says the Clear Lake facility is part of the “critical infrastructure in the local, state and regional economy.”
“Our investment in biodiesel blending infrastructure at the Clear Lake terminal is underpinned by customer demand and the renewable fuel policy requirements passed by Congress and the state legislatures in Iowa and Minnesota,” he said.