Potential Ethanol pipeline to create U.S. jobs

Report estimates 80,000 jobs possible by POET/Magellan partnership 

TULSA, OK and SIOUX FALLS, SD – A proposed ethanol pipeline would be an economic boost for the U.S., a new report demonstrates, creating almost 80,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs across the country.

POET and Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. have formed a joint venture to assess the feasibility of a 1,800-mile ethanol pipeline from ethanol production facilities in the Midwest to distribution outlets in the northeast U.S., ending in Linden, N.J.  Once the feasibility study is complete, the pipeline would be operational as early as 2014.

A recent report from the consulting firm LECG shows that the majority of the jobs created will be in the construction and transportation industries.  More than 50,000 jobs will come from construction alone.

The pipeline project would provide approximately 1,100 permanent jobs after construction is complete.

“This project has the clear environmental benefit of dramatically reducing carbon emissions from traditional ethanol transportation, and this latest report shows its important impact on our economy as well,” POET CEO Jeff Broin said. “Ethanol continues to play a large role in the new energy economy taking shape here in the United States.”

“Pipelines are the most cost efficient, safest and most reliable mode of transportation for liquid energy. Construction of a large-scale renewable fuel pipeline complements the national objective of creating quality jobs while increasing transportation efficiencies for the growing renewable fuels industry,” Magellan COO Mike Mears said.

A loan guarantee with the U.S. Department of Energy is necessary for this project to become a reality. Congress is considering amendments to DOE’s loan guarantee program to include large-scale renewable fuel pipeline projects.

Besides job creation, the report outlines other economic benefits of the project including:

  • $6.6 billion in U.S. economic growth
  • $3.7 billion in household income
  • $0.7 billion in federal tax revenues
  • $0.6  billion in state and local tax revenues

The LECG report is available on POET’s Website http://www.poet.com/files/release_files/Jobs-Impact--Final.pdf  


About Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. and POET

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) is a publicly traded partnership formed to own, operate and acquire a diversified portfolio of energy assets. The partnership primarily transports, stores and distributes refined petroleum products in twenty-two states. Magellan owns and operates the nation’s longest refined products pipeline system is connected to over 40% of the  refining capacity in the United States. More information is available at http://www.magellanlp.com.

POET, the largest ethanol producer in the world, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 20-year-old company produces more than 1.54 billion gallons of ethanol annually from 26 production facilities nationwide. POET recently started up a pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, which uses corn cobs as feedstock, and will commercialize the process in Emmetsburg, Iowa. For more information, visit http://www.poet.com.


Portions of this document may constitute forward-looking statements as defined by federal law. Although management believes any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes will not be materially different. Additional information about issues that could lead to material changes in performance is contained in Magellan’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Contact Information:

Bruce Heine Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. Media Relations 918-574-7010 bruce.heine@magellanlp.com  
Matt Merritt POET Media Relations Specialist 605-965-2225 matt.merritt@poet.com  

Contact Information:

Paula Farrell Investor Relations 918-574-7650 paula.farrell@magellanlp.com