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Facilities at a Large Cameco Mining Site in Northern Saskatchewan
Superior Propane Case Study

Cameco

INDUSTRY:

Uranium Mining

HEADQUARTERS:

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Established in 1988, Cameco is a dominant nuclear energy company producing uranium fuel and generating clean electricity. Cameco’s uranium operations span the globe with mining, milling and development assets in Canada, the U.S., Australia and Central Asia.

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The Challenge

When it comes to mining, running short on propane is not an option.

In 2001, Cameco was faced with selecting a propane partner that could deliver efficiency as well as propane. With four remote mine locations in northern Saskatchewan, logistics were challenging.

An in-house trucking company delivered the propane supply between the four mines. With a turnaround time of two days between locations, coordinating deliveries to work like clockwork was tricky. Plus, they wanted to improve the delivery schedule, especially during periods of irregular fuel consumption.

The Solution

When Cameco brought Superior Propane on board in 2001, things changed. Fast. To optimize supply pick-up, Superior built a custom solution by changing the source location to allow space for Cameco’s trucks and ensure stable supply, pick-up and delivery. 

Optimization was always top of mind. In 2013, the Superior team recommended installing SMART* TankTM wireless tank sensors to save the legwork of manually checking fuel levels. This offered Cameco the ability to read fuel levels in real time to prioritize the truck delivery route. 

“The remote tank sensors have made a big difference as far as keeping track of our levels,” said Ken Johnston, Cameco’s Principle buyer for Cameco’s supply chain group. 

Cameco’s propane needs have grown and Superior has grown with them. Between 2003–2014, Cameco has doubled their volume and Superior Propane has been there to ensure every need is met. 

The Results

The Cameco and Superior Propane partnership is constantly evolving and adapting to improve to new conditions and processes. They continue to achieve numerous efficiencies in the flow of pick-up and delivery for their multiple sites. 
 
“Since day one, Superior Propane has been a partner in planning and has been instrumental in working with us to ensure a steady supply of propane. Our trucks have direct access at the pick-up points and we receive our shipments on a consistent basis,” said Johnston.
 
Constant communication and collaboration between the two companies allows them both to provide unmatched customer service. 
 
“Since day one, Superior Propane has been a partner in planning and has been instrumental in working with us to ensure a steady supply of propane. Our trucks have direct access at the pick-up points and we receive our shipments on a consistent basis.”
KEN JOHNSTON, CAMECO
“The remote tank sensors have made a big difference as far as keeping track of our levels.”
KEN JOHNSTON, CAMECO
“Propane is a critical item, especially in the winter and Superior Propane really knows our business.”
KEN JOHNSTON, CAMECO

The Superior Difference

Propane Made Easy

We make it easy and stress free for you to manage your propane supply. Our innovative business tools like mySUPERIORTM and SMART* TankTM wireless monitoring system offer all the convenience and control of managing and forecasting your fuel needs anywhere, anytime.

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We’ve been fueling businesses of all sizes across Canada since 1951. We are the propane experts. We provide solutions to simple or complex projects with a focus on safety and compliance. Let us plan your next project and fuel your growth.

Unmatched Reliability

With Superior Propane, there is no downtime. We promise secure propane supply and an unmatched delivery network to provide propane whenever, wherever. Trust Superior to keep your business, site or fleet running smoothly and trouble-free.

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