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Tallgrass Energy has received a take-private proposal from Blackstone Infrastructure Partners to acquire all remaining shares in the company.
The non-binding, preliminary proposal makes the offer to acquire all outstanding Class A shares not already owned by shareholders for $19.50 per share. This represents a 35.9% premium over the company's closing price on August 27.
The current shareholders own a 44.2% stake in the company.
Tallgrass' board will form a conflicts committee comprising independent directors of the board to consider the proposal.
The Nebraska Supreme Court has affirmed a decision by the Nebraska Public Service Commission that approved the Keystone XL pipeline route through the state.
The decision by the commission was made in November 2017.
Russ Girling, TC Energy's president and CEO, says: 'The Supreme Court decision is another important step as we advance towards building this vital energy infrastructure project.
'We thank the thousands of government leaders, landowners, labour unions and other community partners for their continued support through this extensive review process. It has been their unwavering support that has advanced this project to where it is today.'
A Chinese-led consortium has been selected as the preferred bidder for the construction of Cyprus' €300 million LNG import terminal.
The consortium of companies: China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering, Aktor and Metron with Hundong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding and Wilhelmsen Ship Management ranked first in the evaluation for the construction of the facility, which would introduce natural gas in Cyprus.
If the procedure goes to plan, contracted with the successful bidder will be signed mid-October 2019.
Defa chairman Symeon Kasdianides says: 'Here at Defa we believe that the future of the country is aligned with natural gas and we expect it to play a major role in the economic development of the country in years to come. The establishment of the natural gas market will boost the development of the whole energy and industry sectors of the Republic.'
The import terminal includes a FSRU, a jetty for the mooring of the FSRU, jetty borne and onshore pipelines as well as additional facilities. It is scheduled for completion in 2021.
The project is co-financed by a grant of 40% from the EU's 'Connecting Europe Facility'.
Sushant Gupta, director – Asia-Pacific Refining at Wood Mackenzie, examines the market dynamics currently shaping global crude trade flows and the impact IMO 2020 will have in the future
Global crude trade flows are expected to change significantly, which will have profound implications for crude oil producers, refiners, traders, shippers and storage players.
Large increases in US crude exports to Europe and Asia will redraw global crude trade flows and offer structural opportunities to traders and logistics players. They will need to align their storage and trading businesses according to the new trade flows and understand the growing export logistics infrastructure in the US and other regions.
Wood Mackenzie summarises key emerging themes from the analysis of complex global crude trade markets in its recently launched Crude Trade Service.
US crude exports go global
The largest change that the global crude market will experience in the next five years is the rise and globalisation of US light crude exports. Wood Mackenzie expects US refiners to increase light crude processing by about 2.1 million b/d from 2018 to 2025 and over 2.5 million b/d of light crude volumes are expected to be exported to Europe and Asia over this period.
Higher crude exports from the US to Europe will go against lower crude runs in Europe. To balance off, Europe will need to significantly cut its non-US crude imports. Some African and Middle Eastern crudes are likely to be displaced out of Europe as they have the flexibility to switch from a saturated European market to Asia's growth market.
Higher crude exports from the US to Asia are easily accommodated in the 4.2 million b/d of incremental crude imports required by Asia. However, US crudes will need to be appropriately discounted to compete with the more prevalent medium gravity Middle East crudes in Asia and to offset the higher transport costs for the US crudes to Asia.
Crude trade converges towards Asia
Wood Mackenzie forecasts that the world will need to run an additional 4.4 million b/d of crude in the refining system during the period 2018 to 2025 to balance the global refined product markets. Interestingly, Asia will account for about 70% of this additional crude run.
While crude runs in Asia increase, domestic crude production declines by about 1.1 million b/d. As such, the crude imports for Asia will increase by about 4.2 million b/d from 2018 to 2025. No other region needs to import as much incremental crude.
Global crude slate lightens
A major trend that Wood Mackenzie forecasts in future supply growth is that light crude supply rises the fastest, offsetting declines in medium and heavy crude. Almost all of the incremental global crude run is expected to be light crude and condensates. As a result, light crude's share in the global crude slate will increase by 5% by 2025.
Tightness in heavy crudes leaves Asian refiners scrambling for alternatives
Wood Mackenzie expects limited growth in the heavy crude supply of about 1.3 million b/d from 2018 to 2025. More importantly, this growth will come in only after 2022. Most of the traditional sources of heavy crude such as Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Angola and Mexico will see steep declines in production. The Middle East and Canada will lead future growth in heavy crude supply.
Asia's heavy crude demand will continue to increase from new residue conversion investments, new heavy crude refineries, and with declines in domestic heavy crude production. As such, Wood Mackenzie expects the global heavy crude market to tighten during the period to 2023.
IMO 2020: a potential disrupter to crude trade?
With the growing light crude surplus and tightening heavy crude market, light-heavy crude differentials are expected to remain narrow. However, the IMO regulation taking effect in 2020 will have an opposing impact.
Because of the IMO regulation, Wood Mackenzie expects a stronger gasoil (S<0.5 wt %) and a weaker high-sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) crack (the price difference to crude), meaning a wider light-heavy differential. The impact of the IMO regulation is expected to outweigh that of the crude supply-demand dynamics, leading to an overall widening of light-heavy crude differentials after 2019.
In addition to a wider light-heavy crude differential, the IMO regulation will also result in a wider sweet-sour crude differential. To benefit from these trends, two groups of refiners are expected to emerge. Complex refiners will shift towards processing more of medium/heavy and sour crudes, while simple refiners will shift towards processing more sweeter crudes.
Refiners with capability to process more heavy and sour crudes will go after them. However, global crude supply is expected to grow in the opposite direction. We expect large global growth in light and sweet crude supply, while heavy crude supply growth is minimal. As such, heavy crude trade will be driven primarily by crude supply-demand dynamics.
However, the IMO regulation will provide a surplus of high-sulphur vacuum residue freed up from the HSFO bunker market that could be processed as feedstock by refiners short of heavy crude, mainly in USGC, China and India. Residue trade and supporting logistics are expected to develop to facilitate processing of this residue in the refining system.
To meet the higher demand of IMO-compliant fuels, a new market will also develop for very low-sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO, S < 0.5 wt %). Wood Mackenzie expects VLSFO prices to be approximately US$200/t higher than HSFO. This should incentivise refiners to produce VLSFO through investments in hydrotreating capacity, segregation of refinery intermediate low-sulphur fuel oil streams, or by processing more low-sulphur (sweet) crudes.
Large growth in the global sweet crude supply will be helpful overall to meet the IMO regulation. It will provide an opportunity for many refiners to increase processing of sweet crudes to produce VLSFO for the bunker market, particularly for those refiners that are not far off from meeting VLSFO sulphur specification.
Considerable uncertainty remains around the IMO implementation plan and its impact on crude trade. This includes degree of compliance to IMO regulation and scrubber penetration rates, how and which refiners re-optimise their crude slate, and whether refiners have the infrastructure or capability to segregate sweet crudes and internal low-sulphur fuel oil streams.
Gupta will be speaking more about the IMO 2020 regulation and the impact it will have on HSFO and LSFO on the morning of the second day of the Tank Storage Asia conference on September 25 & 26. For more information visit www.tankstorageasia.com.
Pembina Pipeline is set to acquire Kinder Morgan Canada and Kinder Morgan's US portion of the Cochin Pipeline system for C$4.35 billion ($3.28 billion).
The move means Pembina will acquire strategically located assets including the Cochin Pipeline System, the Edmonton storage and terminal business and Vancouver Wharves, a bulk storage and export/import business.
The Cocin mainline system represents a full contracted cross-border pipeline system that connects Pembina's Channahon, Bakken and Edmonton area assets and is connected to markets in Mont Belvieu, Conway and Edmonton. There is also further potential to connect the eastern leg of the Cochin Pipeline System to Pembina's assets and markets in Sarnia, Ontario.
Additionally, the acquisition includes a significant crude oil storage and terminalling business in Western Canada's key energy complex, which connects Pembina's conventional and oilsands pipeline to all major export pipelines, providing increased flexibility and greater egress options to customers.
The assets are predominantly supported by long-term, fee-for-service, take-or-pay contracts, which are underpinned by investment grade counterparties. The assets are expected to generate adjusted EBITDA of $350 million in 2019.
Mick Dilger, Pembina's president and CEO, says: 'This acquisition is highly strategic for Pembina, providing enhanced integration with our existing franchise, entrance into exciting new businesses and clear visibility to creating long-term value for our shareholders.
'It represents an ideal opportunity to continue building on our low-risk, long-term, fee-for-service business model while extending our reach into the US through a highly desirable cross-border pipeline. Further, it will enhance our diversification as well as Pembina's customer service offering as a leading provider of integrated services to hydrocarbon producers in Western Canada.'
As of Monday, August 19 total oil product stocks in Fujairah stood at 19.898 million barrels. Stocks drew by 1.355 million barrels week on week, falling back below 20 million barrels. Overall, product stocks were down by 6.4% led by large draws for both heavy and middle distillate stocks categories.
Stocks of light distillates added by 645,000 barrels reflecting a rise of 8.4% week on week. Total volumes stood at a nine-week high of 8.299 million barrels. The East of Suez gasoline market has been mostly cooler so far this week, despite spot demand emerging from India and Kuwait for September cargoes. The FOB Singapore 92 RON gasoline crack against front month ICE Brent was trading below $6/b on Tuesday, compared to over $7/b a week ago, S&P Global Platts data showed.
Stocks of middle distillates fell by 20.8%, shedding 594,000 barrels to stand at 2.266 million barrels. Recent upward momentum in the Asian gasoil market started to ease off amid increased supply in the physical market, but sentiments remained positive on relatively good-to-balanced demand in the run up to IMO2020, industry sources said. Middle Eastern gasoil to Europe is seeing improved economics with a weaker East-West EFS. The front-month EFS - the difference between 10 ppm Singapore swaps and ICE low sulfur gasoil futures and a key measure of arbitrage between Europe and the East of Suez - has weakened over the past three weeks, assessed at minus $7.64/mt Tuesday, down from a 10-month high of 88 cents/mt July 30. 'The East/West has blown wide open, diesel will get poured into Europe right, left and center in the next two months,' says one trader.
Stocks of heavy distillates fell by 13.1%, drawing by 1.406 million barrels on the week to stand at 9.333 million barrels. Stocks dipped back below 10 million barrels amid continued tightness in bunker supply. Fujairah bunker premiums were supported as supply tightness persisted for prompt dates. 'It's still pretty tight and we are out this week,' a Fujairah bunker trader says. Fujairah is seeing some additional demand amid high prices in Singapore and other Asian locations. The spread between 380 CST delivered bunker in Singapore and Fujairah was assessed at $10/mt yesterday; other Asian ports such as Shanghai, Hong Kong and Busan have recently seen wide premiums of over $100/mt vs Singapore.
Odfjell Terminals has reported an EBITDA of $6 million in its second quarter financials compared to $7 million in the previous quarter.
The storage operator says the main changes in results relate to a $1.6 million impairment related to an ethylene project in Houston after it did not materialise.
Odfjell Terminals US reported stable EBITDA with slightly reduced results from the Charleston terminal being offset by continued strong results from the Houston terminal. Utilisation at the Houston terminal was 100% for the quarter and the terminal continues to benefit from a strong storage market with high throughput activity.
Total average occupancy rate of commercially available capacity remained at a stable level of 93%. The company sold its 55% ownership in Odfjell Terminals Jangyin in July 2019 for $46 million.
The company is committing $7 million in capital expenditure for 2019-2021, of which $4 million is for maintenance and $3 million is for expansion. Odfjell Terminals’ capital expenditure programme for the US will be updated when a new strategy has been concluded together with its new JV partner at the US terminals.
Lindsay Goldberg’s exit from Odfjell Terminals Asia is ongoing. The process is expected to conclude either in the second half of 2019 or early in the first half of 2020.
Odfjell SE reported an EBITDA of $57 million compared to $47 million in the first quarter of 2019 as it continues to benefits from improvements in the chemical tanker market.
Motiva Enterprises has signed an agreement to acquire a 100% ownership interest in Flint Hills Resources Port Arthur.
The acquisition includes the chemical plant adjacent to Motiva's 635 kbpd Port Arthur oil refinery, which is the largest in the US.
The assets include a 635 ktpa mixed feedstock steam crackers, a cyclohexane plant and associated storage and pipeline infrastructure.
The deal should close in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Patrick Kirby, Wood Mackenzie principle analyst, says: 'This marks the entry of Motiva into the chemical industry.
'The steam cracker, which can handle a range of feedstocks – including ethane and those from the refinery – forms an integral part of the transaction. The steam cracker primarily produces ethylene and propylene for the merchant market.
'It remains unclear as to what Motiva has planned post-acquisition, however some options could include strengthening refinery-chemicals integration, expansion of the asset capacity or potentially longer-term derivative plant development. The company has also expressed plans for further chemical developments at Port Arthur, including a world-scale steam cracker and aromatics facility.'
Runeel Daliah, analyst at Lux Research examines why the industrial sector is driving hydrogen technology innovation and the crucial role the storage sector will play as this economy evolves
The ongoing transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy has raised the level of interest and investment in renewable hydrogen.
To date, much attention is focused on fuel cell technology and the transportation sector, but it must be remembered that hydrogen is, first and foremost, an essential feedstock for the industrial sector. Most of the hydrogen produced globally today is consumed by the chemicals and refining industry, and only a very small portion is used in transportation. Given its immense footprint in industry, it stands to reason that the industrial sector, and not the transportation sector, should be the bedrock for hydrogen technology innovation.
The industrial sector has a different set of priorities when it comes to hydrogen technology development. In transportation, innovation interest focuses at the point of use, i.e. fuel cells. In industry, innovation lies at the point of production, in this case steam methane reforming or water electrolysis. Both technologies are at commercial scale, but steam methane reforming dominates the market, as it is the more scalable and cheaper option for hydrogen production. However, trends in the energy transition are starting to impact the industrial sector, and this is where water electrolysis technology becomes crucial.
Unlike power generation and the transportation industry, the industrial sector has largely been insulated from regulatory policies aimed at limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which is incongruous given that the industry contributes 21% of global CO2 emissions. Since the 2015 Paris agreement, the sector has found itself under increasing pressure to innovate toward low-carbon technologies.
Decarbonising the industrial sector, however, is no easy task. Unlike power generation and transportation, where the end goal has always been to completely remove carbon from the equation, this is not possible in the chemicals sector, as carbon is an essential building block in many chemicals; a molecule of methanol will always contain one carbon atom. This is why the chemical industry is deeply entrenched with the oil and gas sector, the source of carbon feedstock worldwide, and decoupling the two sectors from each other was, until recently, deemed implausible. However, action is being taken to do so, and it is primarily driven by the energy transition of the power generation sector.
The adoption of renewable electricity is growing and primarily driven by zero-emissions solar photovoltaics and wind turbines. This influx of renewable electricity onto the grid changes the outlook for water electrolysis. Using renewable electricity to generate hydrogen from water electrolysis eliminates all CO2 emissions and provides the chemicals sector with a zero-carbon hydrogen feedstock. Combined with emerging technologies such as direct air capture for non-fossil carbon feedstock, it allows the chemicals sector to completely decouple itself from the oil & gas industry. This is why interest and investments in industrial applications of water electrolysis continue to grow. Just as the lithium-ion battery acts as a bridge between the power generation and transportation sectors, water electrolysis can act as a bridge between the power generation and chemicals sectors.
Despite all this activity, there are still challenges for hydrogen innovation in the industrial sector. First, there is no regulatory framework that currently supports the adoption of low-carbon technologies, including water electrolysis, in the industry. This means that water electrolysis projects will compete head-on with fossil-based technologies on a cost basis. Second, the cost of hydrogen production from water electrolysis today is simply too high compared to natural gas reforming, and access to very cheap renewable electricity is crucial. Third, and perhaps most importantly, there is still no widespread infrastructure for hydrogen storage and distribution. This challenge is not yet consequential as hydrogen used in industry is mostly generated on-site and used immediately; however, for renewable hydrogen to seamlessly penetrate the global industrial sector, hydrogen will have to be generated in locations with access to cheap renewable electricity and transported to industrial clusters worldwide. This requires an international distribution and storage network for hydrogen, which does not exist today.
Compression remains the incumbent method for hydrogen storage and transport, but it is not suitable for international distribution. Emerging methods such as liquefaction, physical adsorption on solid material, and chemical bonding in synthetic hydrocarbons or liquid organic carriers provide higher volumetric storage capacities and are fast gaining traction in industry. There will be no winning option – the choice of a storage and distribution medium for hydrogen will be dependent on cost, location, transport distance, and safety requirements. While it is too early to predict what the ideal mix of storage and distribution technologies will be, one thing is sure - as the hydrogen economy evolves, engineering companies active in gas storage and shipping will have a crucial role to play.
Harshit Sharma, oil & gas expert, Lux Research, will be talking more about the role hydrogen will play in the industrial sector in a decarbonised future on the second day of the Tank Storage Asia conference on September 25 & 26. For more information visit www.tankstorageasia.com.
Stena Oil is expanding storage capacity for 0.5% sulphur fuel oil in the Port of Gothenburg as it start supplying low sulphur fuel oil.
The company is adding 25,000 m3 of storage as well as boosting delivery capacity with a newbuild tankers of 5600 DWT, which it will take delivery of in March 2020. The 0.5% suphur fuel oil is available by barge in the new Skaw-Gothenburg range.
Additionally, the company's new storage terminal in Frederikshavn will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020. The new terminal will be Scandinavia's largest for marine fuel products and will have a capacity of 75,000 m3 and is located close to one of the busiest shipping lanes in Europe.
The company says in a statement: 'We look forward to a growing bunker market in our region and these projects will further support our growth. We have been a very active player in the ULSFO 0.1% market since 2015 and building on this experience, customers can turn to us with confidence for their VLSFO needs going into 2020.'
Martin Midstream Partners has sold its East Texas Pipeline for $17.5 million to an undisclosed buyer.
The pipeline has been idle since September 2018 and was producing a trailing 12-month net loss and negative EBITDA of $1.6 million and $0.9 million respectively.
The net proceeds will be used to reduce outstanding borrowings under the partnership's revolving credit facility.
Ruben Martin, president and CEO of Martin Midstream, says: 'The East Texas Pipeline sale is one more step along the partnership's strategic path of selling non-core assets and using the proceeds to reduce leverage.'
Kinder Morgan has announced a $170 million improvement programme to increase efficiency, add product liquidity and enhance blending capabilities at its Pasadena and Galena Park terminals.
The company will invest $125 million on enhancements to its Pasadena Terminal and Jefferson Street Truck Rake, including:
- Increased flow rates on inbound pipeline connections and outbound dock lines, significantly reducing vessel load times and expanding effective dock capacity
- Tank modifications that will provide for butane blending and vapour combustion capabilities on 10 storage tanks, with the option to extend those capabilities to an additional 25 tanks or more
- Expansion of the current methyl tert-butyl ether storage and blending platform, including a dedicated cross-channel MTBE line serving vessels being loaded at Pasadena's North Docks
- A new, dedicated natural gasoline inbound connection, enhancing customers' blendstock supply optionality and liquidity
The improvements, which are expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2020, are supported by a long-term agreement with a major refiner for two million barrels of refined petroleum products storage capacity at the terminal.
Additionally, the company will invest more than $45 million to develop and construct a butane-on-demand blending system for 25 tanks at its Galena Park Terminal. This will include construction of a 30,000-barrel butane sphere, a new inbound C4 pipeline connection, as well as tank and piping modifications to extend butane blending capabilities to 25 tanks, two ship docks and six-cross channel pipelines.
The project is supported by a long-term agreement with an investment grade midstream company and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.
John Schlosser, president of terminals for Kinder Morgan, says: 'These projects speak to Kinder Morgan's continued commitment to excellence and to improving our already best-in-class facilities along the Houston Ship Channel.
'The announced improvements only serve to enhance our position as the market-leading refined petroleum products storage hub on the US Gulf Coast. This offers our customers unmatched supply optionality and liquidity and modal efficiencies as they aim to maximise storage and blending economics and access domestic and global energy markets in the most cost-effective manner possible.'
The most prominent challenges, developments and solutions in the Asian bulk liquid storage industry will be discussed and debated at Tank Storage Asia's conference.
Innovation, regulation and safety are the key themes that will be discussed during the two-day conference and exhibition when it returns to Singapore's Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre on September 25 & 26.
This year's event will champion innovation, with several seminars hosted by leading industry experts set to discuss the latest technological developments, all accessible to conference delegates only. Mark Lim, commercial manager at Stolthaven Terminals, and Chye Poh Chua, CEO at ShipsFocus, will present a session on big data and artificial intelligence, detailing how technology can be used to reduce tanker waiting times and enhance terminal utilisation. The seminar will promote inclusive growth, encourage marine commerce to digitalise, and help maritime SMEs close the digital divide.
Edwin Ebrahimi, innovation engagement leader at Vopak, will discuss how the storage operator has implemented Lim and Poh Chua's guiding principles to become truly digitalised. IT/OT solutions, including drone inspection technology and robotics for in-service tank inspections, have been used to solve challenges at Vopak's Singapore terminal. The seminar will provide key insights and strategies that attendees can implement in their own organisations to drive digital transformation.
Another key theme at the event is regulation; specifically, IMO 2020. Sushant Gupta, director - Asia-Pacific refining, at Wood Mackenzie, will explain how the legislation represents a positive move to drive down emissions and improve sustainability. He will also answer questions on how the sector will adapt to changes in demand for high and low sulphur fuel oil, and what this means for storage opportunities in Asia.
Paul Hickin, associate director at Platts, will examine how global supply and demand balances for oil will be affected by IMO 2020, and how market dynamics and structures will react. He will also look at OPEC's determination to cut output beyond 2019; a development that Harshit Sharma, oil & gas expert at Lux Research, will also address while debating the role hydrogen will play in a decarbonised future. Sharma will highlight the global energy transition and encourage companies to improve their green credentials by investing in low carbon energy alternatives. Sharma will also discuss characteristics of the new fuels on the market, including marine gasoil (MGO), very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). He will also reflect on the commercial opportunities that will present themselves after the introduction of IMO 2020.
Safety is another industry theme that will be explored at Tank Storage Asia. Lai Siang Yeong, asset and operations manager at Oiltanking Asia Pacific, will discuss how the business has focussed on process safety improvement to become compliant with Singapore's Safety Case Regime.
There will also be plenty of opportunities at the event for professionals to network with their peers and share best practice in relation to innovation, regulation, safety and more. An online, one-to-one networking platform will allow visitors to set up meetings with suppliers and prospects and manage their schedule during the event. The TSA Connect Lounge on the exhibition floor will also provide a comfortable space for visitors to host meetings.
Mark Rimmer, Tank Storage portfolio director, says: 'Tank Storage Asia is alert to the biggest issues currently affecting the Asian tank storage industry. The event will examine the trends that are most prevalent in great detail. This is what brings leading professionals to the event, year-on-year.'
Over 80 exhibitors and more than 20 conference speakers, including experts and analysts from top terminals and oil majors, will contribute to the pool of thought-leadership at the show.
For more information on visiting the exhibitor and attending the conference visit www.tankstorageasia.com.
Varo Energy plans to acquire an additional 10% stake in the Bayernoil refinery from co-shareholder BP Europa.
Additionally, Varo will purchase BP's polymer modified bitumen plant located at the Vohburg site with its storage capacity, as well as the 9% stake the company holds in Transalpine Oelleitung, which transports crude oil from the port of Trieste to refineries in Central Europe.
Once the transaction is complete, Varo will hold 55% of the shares in Bayernoil, which has a total refining capacity of 220,000 barrels per day, split between the Vohburg and Neustadt sites. Bayernoil will be jointly managed by its remaining shareholders; Varo, ENI and Rosneft. Once complete, Varo's total refining capacity will increase to 189,000 barrels per day across its two refineries in Cressier, Switzerland and Bayernoil, Germany.
Varo CEO Roger Brown says: 'The Bayernoil refinery is a key strategic asset for Varo's operations in Germany and beyond. Investing in additional shares will offer greater flexibility and help us further optimise our logistics to continue to best serve our customers across multiple borders.'
NGL Energy Partners has signed a definitive agreement to sell TransMontaigne Product Services and associated assets to a strategic buyer for proceeds of $300 million.
The TransMontaigne Product Services (TPSL) makes up a portion of NGL's refined products reporting segment. The divested assets include a terminalling services agreement with TransMontaigne Partners, including the exclusive rights to utlise 18 terminals, line space along Colonial and Plantation Pipelines, two wholly-owned refined product terminals in Georgia and multiple third-party throughput agreements and all associated customer contracts, inventory and working capital.
Mike Krimbill, NGL's CEO, says: 'NGL continues to focus on its core areas where we have competitive strength. These focus areas generate stable and predictable cash flows as we grow our mix of long-term contracted revenues. The sale of TPSL is part of this strategy and a result of the strategic review of the refined products business announced earlier this year.
'Along with the significant reduction in inventory and working capital associated with this business, this transaction reduces borrowings on our working capital revolver and enhances the partnership's liquidity and overall leverage profile.
'Managing our leverage and cost of capital are fundamental to our business strategy as we continue our strategic growth plan while maintaining focus on a strong balance sheet.'
The transaction is expected to close during the second fiscal quarter.
Trafigura has received its first delivery of Permian crude oil from Plains All American's Cactus II pipeline at the Buckeye Texas Partners terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Trafigura and Buckeye have worked together to achieve early service commissioning and receipts prior to full Cactus II operations, through connected infrastructure in the Eagle Ford basin. Further direct connections and interconnectivity, which will provide enhanced service capabilities, will be completed at Buckeye Texas Partners in Corpus Christi once the Cactus II pipeline is fully operational.
The pipeline will have the capacity to deliver more than three million barrels per day into the broader Corpus Christi market.
Corey Pologo, director of Trafigura Trading, North America, says: 'Trafigura has a significant long-term volume commitment to move crude oil from the Permian Basin via Cactus II. This delivery further builds our position as the leading exporter of US crude oil and refined products as we utlise our global customer base and marketing skills to place barrels with end customers cross the world.'
Khalid Muslih, president of global marine terminals for Buckeye, adds: 'Buckeye continues to be at the forefront of developing critical last-mile infrastructure to support growing US crude oil and petroleum product exports. Upon completion of the first phase of development across our South Texas facilities, we will be able to provide customers with access to broader domestic and international markets via our premier outlets offering over one million barrels per day of export services.'