Sharp Energy completed construction upgrades to its propane rail facility in North Dover, Delaware, the company announced. The enhanced rail facility triples Sharp Energy’s propane supply capacity to serve tens of thousands of end-users throughout Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The rail facility includes a state-of-the-art rail platform that provides safe access to unloading fuel, and a convenient transport loading bay for outgoing product.
Andy Hesson, vice president of Sharp Energy, said in an April 5 announcement that the improved terminal “is a creative, cost-effective solution that helps us meet the region’s growing energy needs while continuing to provide reliable, clean and affordable energy to the customers and communities we serve.”
The completed upgrades increased the facility’s storage capacity by an additional 275,000 gallons, bringing the total available capacity at the facility to 385,000 gallons.
The rail facility enables propane delivery into the region through one of the most cost-effective transportation options and enhances the company’s ability to expand service to additional large industrial customers, while ensuring an additional layer of security and stability to Sharp’s supply availability.
“The upgraded rail facility increases the reliability of our propane supply on a year-round basis, including the cold winter months when customers rely on propane to heat their homes and businesses,” said Steve Farkas, director of operations for Sharp Energy. “Sharp Energy customers, as well as customers of other propane distribution companies throughout the region, will benefit from the additional supply that is now available here in Delaware.”
With the added capacity, Sharp’s total propane storage capacity in four rail terminals in the Mid-Atlantic region increases to more than 3.5 million gallons, the company said.
In addition to using the upgraded facility to better meet the needs of Sharp Energy customers, Sharp plans to wholesale more than 13 million gallons of propane to other energy marketers annually.
Sharp Energy, headquartered in Georgetown, Delaware, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corp., Dover, Delaware, distributes propane to approximately 42,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania. To learn more about Sharp Energy, visit www.sharpenergy.com.
Note: Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is not affiliated with Chesapeake Energy, an oil and natural gas exploration company headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
PICTURED: Sharp Energy’s upgraded propane rail terminal in North Dover, Delaware. Photo Courtesy of Chesapeake Utilities Corp.