Tri Gas & Oil completed a new propane terminal in Baltimore for its newest affiliate, Mid-Atlantic Rail Services (MARS), Tri Gas & Oil announced July 16. Mid Atlantic is hosting a grand opening at the new terminal on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public and includes tours of the terminal.

Tri Gas & Oil (, Federalsburg, Maryland, serves the eastern and western shores of Maryland and Delaware and surrounding areas, providing propane, heating oil, petroleum-based fuels, and propane appliances to homes and commercial businesses. Mid-Atlantic Rail Services will serve the Mid-Atlantic region with propane by providing destination-delivered supply or railcar through-put arrangements. The new terminal, served by Norfolk Southern and CSX Railroads, will initially provide 120,000 gallons of HD-5 propane storage, along with a four-position rail rack and two truck-loading racks, Tri Gas & Oil said. Double-acting compressors quickly unload and recover vapor from railcars. Turbine pumps allow for loading rates of 550 gallons per minute, with capability to load up to six transport trucks per hour, at an average rate of 18 minutes per truck, the company said.

Canton Railroad, a Class III switching and terminal railroad in Baltimore County, operates the terminal. Daily switching service will be provided locally from Canton Railroad, providing up to three switches a day in the peak of winter. This works out to approximately 36 trucks per day during the busiest time of the year, the company noted.

Located just north of the Baltimore Harbor, right off Interstate 95 and Highway 895, the terminal allows transports and trucks easy access to bulk propane product. Fuel transport trucks in Maryland are prohibited from entering the tunnel system, typically traveling over bridges instead. The strategic location of MARS allows for the convenient use of the Francis Scott Key Bridge when accessing from the South of Baltimore.

Superior Energy Systems, (, Cleveland, Ohio, manufactures bulk plants and trans-shipment terminals throughout the United States, and has built over 1,000 Autogas dispensers across North America. It spearheaded the terminal’s design, engineering, permitting, construction, startup, and commissioning, Keith McMahan, chairman and CEO of Tri Gas & Oil, said. “Superior exceeded our expectations with this terminal build,” McMahan said. See the full article here.