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PROPANE SUPPLIERS WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO MEET CHALLENGE OF RECORD CORN CROP

 PROPANE SUPPLIERS WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK
 TO MEET CHALLENGE OF RECORD CORN CROP
 LISLE, Ill., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationwide propane supplies are higher than they've been for three years, but a record Midwestern corn crop combined with wet weather and expectations of an early winter have created skyrocketing demand for the product.
 In spite of this high demand, propane prices have remained relatively stable. Midwest propane marketers are also reporting that they have already filled the tanks of most of their home heating customers.
 The reason for the current high demand is that farmers use propane gas to dry their corn before it's stored for the winter. Because of this year's bumper crop, demand for propane in the Midwest is hitting 30-year highs.
 As a result, the propane pipeline delivery systems to Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and other Midwestern states are working at full capacity. Propane marketers are working in close cooperation with their customers to meet their needs.
 "We do not have a shortage of propane supply," said Daniel N. Myers, executive vice president of the National Propane Gas Association. "The temporary delivery delays are due to record demand. Because of the bumper corn crop, the entire agricultural system is being taxed throughout the Midwest. For example, storage space for the corn is scarce; lines at corn elevators are developing in some areas."
 Myers said propane industry representatives are working around the clock to serve the needs of agricultural consumers by getting the product to them as fast as they can.
 "Daily demand is as high as we've seen in the 30-year history of our pipeline," said Robert Cronk, vice president of Operations for Mid- American Pipeline Company, one of the two major Midwest propane pipelines. "The transportation system is functioning well but we're experiencing record demand levels."
 The propane allocation system which has been put into place during this temporary period of high demand is designed "to provide equity to all shippers," said Roger Knouse, director of transportation marketing for Enron Liquid Pipeline, operator of the second major Midwestern pipeline.
 Indeed nationwide propane supplies are in good shape for winter, according to government officials reporting at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Winter Fuels Outlook Conference in Washington, D.C.
 Dr. Calvin Kent, administrator of the Energy Information Administration (EIA), reported that even if winter heating degree days, an indicator of heating demand, go up by as much as 10 percent, the current propane supply could meet the increased needs.
 Propane gas is a clean-burning, high efficiency energy source that's used extensively in agriculture, commerce, residential applications and the petrochemical industry.
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 /CONTACT: Evelyn Caprel or Shirley Barnes, 708-352-4004, both of the National Propane Gas Association/ CO: National Propane Gas Association ST: Illinois IN: OIL SU:


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