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Additional drivers helping to reduce propane service delays

By Dan Yates

October 18, 2018

An expanded delivery fleet, along with the arrival of warmer weather across much of Western Canada, is helping Co-op respond to record-high demands for propane from agricultural producers.

Unseasonably wet weather this fall has resulted in an increased need for propane to power grain dryers on farms across all three prairie provinces. While there is an adequate supply of propane, the larger-than-normal volume of requests has resulted in wait times for delivery in some regions.

To meet the demand, Co-op has added more delivery drivers and delays in many parts of Western Canada, including the Melfort and Yorkton regions of Saskatchewan, are improving. Currently, the greatest demand for service is in the Edmonton region.

“We are making significant progress and expect delivery times to return to normal in all regions soon. However, producers in the areas with the largest demand may still experience service delays,” said Keith Morin, Director of Propane with Federated Co-operatives Limited, which operates Co-op propane branches across Western Canada.

“Forecasts for warmer weather in many regions are welcomed and will definitely help producers finish the harvest, but we know that grain dryers will be operating for the remainder of October across Western Canada. We appreciate the patience of agricultural producers, as well that of our other customers, as we work to fulfill these orders.”