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Viva Energy Australia has opened its new 100 million litre crude oil tank at its Geelong Refinery.
The $50 million crude oil tank project was a significant growth investment for the refinery, which will not only increase its production capabilities, but also improve fuel supply security for Victoria.
Viva Energy GM Refining Thys Heyns, says: 'This tank increases our crude storage capacity by 40% and in fact can hold enough crude oil to produce all the fuel required to meet Victoria's needs for about three days.
'In addition to the tank, we've invested millions in other infrastructure projects such as the $23 million pumping station, which increases the amount of fuel transported by pipeline to Melbourne by 25% and a $4 million upgrade to our jet fuel gantry to improve supply to Melbourne and Avalon airports.'
Additionally, Viva Energy has also announced it has been given approval to build a $15 million bitumen export facility, a $23 million, 25 million litre petrol tank and a $7 million revamp of its crude distillation unit furnace.
Heyns adds: 'All of these projects further demonstrate our commitment to build a sustainable business in Geelong and support our customers in Victoria.'
StocExpo & Tank Storage Events are delighted to announce a strategic partnership with the Federation of European Tank Storage Associations (FETSA), that sees the world's largest provider of tank storage exhibitions and conferences working with Europe's leading Association for the oil and gas storage sector.
The partnership will see the two entities enriching content and growing FETSA's yearly Annual General Meeting, which addresses the needs of the European storage sector. This year's AGM is to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2018.
StocExpo is the largest portfolio of tank storage events, which take place across Europe, Asia, The Middle East and Africa, and bring together thousands of tank storage professionals from across the regions to network and conduct business. FETSA represent the European national tank storage associations that operate in the bulk liquid storage sector. Over the coming years, this collaboration will undoubtedly benefit the sector by bringing together communities and delivering world class events.
Marc de Witte, Executive Director, FETSA, says: 'I'm looking forward to taking this year's AGM to Gothenburg, bringing our members together and welcoming new attendees. We have a valued relationship with the StocExpo portfolio and it's great to bring our organisations together as we continue to serve the tank storage community.'
Nick Powell, Divisional Director, StocExpo & Tank Storage portfolio adds: 'I'm delighted to be working in collaboration with FETSA and very much look forward to seeing the events grow over the coming years. This new synergy will also allow attendees to book their place at both FETSA and StocExpo events together and benefit from preferential rates.'
To find out more about StocExpo Europe or to register to attend please visit, www.stocexpo.com. To find out about FETSA visit www.fetsa.eu.
Inter Terminals' major chemical storage expansion at its Seal Sands terminal in the UK is almost complete.
Representing the largest organic development project for 10 years, the project comprises new tanks and pipeline links on the back of contracted demand for chemical storage at the facility.
Two 7,000 m3 mild steel tanks have been constructed with internal floating roods and a dedicated import pipeline for receiving product into storage by sea. Additionally, an existing cross-country pipeline is being redeveloped to allow the direct transfer of stored product to nearby chemical manufacturing plants.
A further three mild steel tanks, with a total capacity of 13,000 m3, have also been built with interconnecting infrastructure to enable to export of product by sea and by road via a new tanker loading facility.
The facility is located on the River Tees on England's east coast and the investment demonstrates the company's commitment to working closely with its customer base to identify and develop solutions for specific product storage and handling requirements.
Paul Oseland, commercial director of Inter Terminals, says: 'Our Seal Sands terminal has developed specialist expertise in storing and handling a wide range of chemicals, many of which have distinct storage requirements.'
Total refined product stocks at the UAE port of Fujairah stood at 15.864 million barrels in the week to November 22, up 5.1% from the previous week, despite a major drop in middle distillates, according to data from the Fujairah Energy Data Committee (FEDCom).
Stocks of middle distillates plunged by almost 28% to just 1.531 million barrels, a new record low, and less than half the 3.47 million barrel average for the year so far, according to a report by Platts Analytics.
The latest inventory fall comes as the arbitrage opportunity to move gasoil to Europe is firmly closed, with the East-West Gasoil EFS at a near three-month low of minus $10.32/mt on Tuesday. While the gasoil market has been the weakest performing part of the barrel in recent weeks, both Singapore and Persian Gulf time spreads have strengthened as regional demand improves.
The front-month time spread for Arab Gulf Gasoil has been in a contango since the beginning of November, up from a recent low of minus $1.47/b two weeks ago. On the supply front, sources noted a steady stream of outflows from India and the Middle East in recent weeks. Kuwait Petroleum Corp. is closing a sell tender for 500 ppm sulfur gasoil loading over December 8-9.
FUEL OIL STOCKS STILL LOW
At the same time, stocks of heavy distillates and residues rose by 16% to 9.641 million barrels, a new eight-week high. However, the figure is still below the 10.3 million barrel average since the start of the year.
Fuel oil inventories have been low since the beginning of October amidst a backwardated market structure and sluggish bunker demand. On average, some 2 million mt has left the region each month for Asia, and this is expected to continue into December, Platts Analytics said, as the price incentive for fuel oil supplies to the east remains in place. Front-month Singapore 380 CST swaps have seen a premium of around $7-8/mt relative to Arab Gulf 180 CST for the past month.
Light distillate stocks showed the least variation this week, only edging up 0.9% to 4.692 million barrels. European gasoline has been heading to West Africa and the US, which could signal a more limited supply to meet healthy Middle Eastern demand. Asian supply was seen trending upwards on increased Chinese export volumes expected in November and into December. However, this is likely to be matched by strong demand in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. As a result, the outlook for petrol East of Suez looks unchanged, Platts Analytics said.
The Global Tank Storage Association (GTSA), designed by the industry, for the industry, has been officially launched. Created to represent the needs of the terminal industry worldwide, the GTSA provides a platform for members to share and exchange information on its core values, such as the environment, safety and security.
By creating the world's biggest network of tank terminal professionals, the GTSA will have the power to have a meaningful impact on regulations and proposals affecting the storage sector.
The GTSA will also strive to internationally publicise and address the issues impacting its members globally.
The impressive Board of Directors is made up of CEOs and influential thought leaders from major terminals in all the key storage regions across the globe.
The Board of Directors currently includes:
- Pieter Bakker, Director, Buckeye, USA
- Jaap Koomen, General Manager, Burgan Cape Terminals, South Africa
- Yusr Sultan, Managing Director for Terminals, Emirates National Oil Company
- Martyn Lyons, CEO, Inter Terminals
- John W. Schlosser, President, Kinder Morgan Terminals
- Walter E. Wattenbergh, Group CEO, LBC Terminals
- Frank Erkelens, CEO, Odfjell Terminals
- Douglas van der Wiel, President, Oiltanking Asia
- Guy Bessant, President, Stolthaven Terminals
- Martijn Notten, CEO, Vesta Terminals
- Siavash Alishahpour, Managing Director, VTTI Fujairah Terminals
The association will be run by the Board of Directors. The Chairman will be announced following the Board's first meeting in London in December 2017.
The Global Tank Storage Association is open to everyone in the tank storage sector and is free to join.
Benefits of becoming a member of the GTSA include:
- Updates from the Board of Directors progress regarding global initiatives for the industry.
- A platform for members to share and exchange information on GTSA core values, such as: environment, safety and security.
- Monthly e-newsletter containing terminal news & information on industry updates.
- Monthly regulatory updates.
- Reduced subscription price for Tank Storage Magazine, the voice of the storage terminal industry.
- Reduced subscription price for Tank Storage Intelligence, the central online information portal for everything relating to tank storage.
- VIP invitation to all StocExpo & Tank Storage events.
- Preferential rates on delegates passes to StocExpo Europe, Tank Storage Germany, StocExpo Middle East Africa & Tank Storage Asia.
- Preferential rates on exhibition stands at StocExpo Europe, Tank Storage Germany, StocExpo Middle East Africa & Tank Storage Asia.
- Preferential rates for seats at the Global Tank Storage Awards.
- Hear about networking opportunities & special offers before anyone else.
To find out more about the GTSA or to join, please contact Margaret Dunn, Director General, Global Tank Storage Association on +44 7905 273691 or Nick Powell, Executive Director, Global Tank Storage Association: +44 7920 408587
The Dialog Group plans to expand Langsat Terminal (Three) into a 300,000 m3 storage facility.
In its first quarter 2018 financials the company says that it increased its stake in Langsat Terminal (One) and Langsat Terminal (Two), both providing centralised tankage and terminal facilities in Tnajung Langsat Johor.
The expansion of Langsat Terminal (Three) is part of its strategy to grow sustainable and recurring income and further enhancing shareholders' value in the long term.
As previously reported, Dialog's Pengerang Deepwater Terminal phase 1 is being expanded with an additional 430,000 m3. The construction of phase 2 is on schedule and it is securing new potential partners for phase 3, which will include the development of industrial land and more petroleum and petrochemical storage terminals.
Phase 3 and future phases will be developed on a 800 acre parcel of land.
The company increased revenue by 19.1% in its first quarter to RM778.7 million.
It says: 'Dialog remains confident that its business model is well structured and can withstand the current oil price volatility and currency movements.'
Significantly altered trade flows as a result of investments into Russian port infrastructure and logistics has elevated the level of storage competition in the Baltics region.
In recent years, liquid cargo flows in the Eastern Baltic region have undergone significant change. These investments into Russia's infrastructure have increased the ability of Russian Baltic ports to attract and handle more Russian origin cargo.
As a result, large cargo flows historically transhipped with the ports of the Baltic states are instead being diverted to these Russian ports and putting a strain on the Baltics' logistics sector.
In an interview with Tank Storage Magazine, Lars Pantzlaff, general manager at Ventspils Nafta Terminals, says that the political tensions between Russia and the rest of the western wold following the annexation of Crimea have further compounded the issue.
'With Russian cargo flows, which historically represent the major share for the terminals in the Baltics states, significantly declining, competition for cargo flows is building with increasingly available tank capacity,' he explains.
However, there is still opportunity for the storage sector to thrive, predominantly due to petrol and petrol products demand.
'While gasoil flows are under severe pressure with a potential to decline further, the emphasis is on petrol and petrol components that can see preferential handling in terminals in the Baltic states.
'With Russia falling short as being the major source for future cargo flows, the two refineries and their output in Belarus has become a major focal point,' he says.
'Additionally, trading companies operation in the entire Baltic region consider hubs to consolidate their trade flows, even if loading ports are different.'
The largest storage players in the region are Ventspils Nafta Terminals, part of VTTI, the private Ventbunkers, state-owned Klaipedas Nafta, Krovinių Terminalas, part of Achema group, Vopak and Alexela terminals. These operators handle middle distillates, petrol and its components and fuel oil. These operators are facing growing competition from storage operators in the Russian ports of Ust-Luga, Primorsk and St Petersburg, which have increased their capacities in recent years.
The focus is now on terminals in the Baltic region being as flexible and diverse as possible to provide added value to customers, according to Pantzlaff.
'While the pressure on cost for tank storage will be mounting in the current trading environment, the flexibility and diversity of terminal services is becoming ever more critical to provide distinction and value to customers,' he adds.
'The internal efficiency of terminal operations relating to its infrastructure, its availability, processes, organisation and having the right people to master change is going to be crucial.'
Pantzlaff will be providing a comprehensive overview of the storage market in the Baltics on the first morning of the Tank Storage Germany conference on November 29 at the Hamburg Messa. For more information visit www.tankstoragegermany.com.
Trafigura has announced plans to develop a second LNG import terminal project at Port Qasim in Pakistan.
The commodity trader announced its plans following the inauguration of GasPort's new LNG floating storage and regasification import terminal at the port, which it is a minority investor of.
The new terminal will more than double Pakistan's current LNG regasification capacity, and will be able to supply 90 million cubic feet of gas to private buyers in Pakistan each day.
However, even after this facility reaches full capacity, there will still be a significant supply shortfall of 19 million tonnes of LNG per annum, which has spurred Trafigura to develop a second terminal.
The company will partner with PGPL in developing a new merchant FSRU project. The JV will sell gas to private sector end-users without direct government involvement. It will include a new jetty, berth and a second FSRU, benefiting from cost synergies with the existing facility.
It also offers the potential to turbo-charge import growth and rapidly scale up industrial use of LNG in the country.
Peninsula Petroleum has reached a new storage agreement with the Houston Fuel Oil Terminal to support its bunkering operations in the region.
The company says this is the latest step in its strategy of converting its remaining light physical operations into a full physical model (barging plus storage logistics) in the Americas.
Moving into the terminal means presence in one of the busiest fuel oil terminals globally, enabling Peninsula to source product directly from the local Platts MOC, one of the main keys to maintaining a long-term competitive and reliable supply structure.
The agreement includes the capability to supply bunkers ex-pipe for those ships calling at the terminal.
Alex Lyra, global head of supply and trading, says: 'Growing our global portfolio of storage positions into the terminal is not only an important step towards further consolidating our local bunkering operation but also a key element for the integration of the group's regional physical footprint, both on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.'
HES International has agreed to purchase the Valt Asphalt Terminal from Valt.
The bitumen terminal in Botlek Rotterdam delivers storage, handling and blending services to the European and African bitumen market.
During next year, HES plans to upgrade the terminal by investing in tanks and ancillary infrastructure.
Paul van Poecke, head of liquid bulk terminals at HES, says: 'This acquisition is in line with HES International's liquid bulk strategy to expand our storage footprint in Europe.
'The existing and potential future storage capacity can play an important role in meeting the increasing local and regional bitumen trade flows, in particular with IMO regulations, focussed on reducing sulphur levels in marine bunker fuels, kicking in by 2020.
'Besides the terminal is located close by our HES Botlek Tank Terminal and adjacent to European Bulk Services, both 100% subsidiaries of HES, providing significant levels of synergy.'
Total refined product stocks at the UAE port of Fujairah stood at 15.09 million barrels in the week to November 13, down 0.9% week on week, according to data from the Fujairah Energy Data Committee (FEDCom).
Total stock levels fell to a new record low for a third week in a row, about 23% lower than the average of 19.6 million barrels seen since the beginning of the year, S&P Global Platts Analytics said in a report.
Stocks of light distillates fell by 4% week on week to 4.649 million barrels. Healthy demand in the East of Suez continues to draw barrels from Europe, according to Platts Analytics.
Stocks of middle distillates rebounded from last week's record low, rising 21.6% week on week to 2.121 million barrels.
However, European petrol supply to the Middle East may tighten as the trans-Atlantic arbitrage to the US is resuming. This would suggest the Middle East will need to draw additional Asian barrels to meet demand, the report said.
The front-month time spread for Arab Gulf Gasoil has been in a contango since the beginning of the month and was at minus $1.36/b Tuesday, according to Platts data. Additional tenders for December-loading gasoil and jet fuel from Bahrain's Bapco, Egypt's Midor and India's Essar Oil have emerged over the past two weeks, underscoring the excess of supply in the market.
Stocks of heavy distillates and residues fell 3.7% to 8.32 million barrels and remain at the lowest levels recorded since February, FEDCom data showed.
IL&FS is going ahead with a planned phase II expansion project at its Fujairah terminal and has denied that it is looking for a buyer.
It has strongly rebutted news reports that it is exploring a sale of its storage terminal, saying that the news is incorrect and misrepresents facts.
It has confirmed that it is not divesting its share in the Fujairah terminal, that its occupancy level is robust and that its revenue is stable. It is also progressing with its planned expansion to be able to provide improved services to existing and potential customers.
In a statement, a spokesperson of IL&FS Maritime Infrastructure Company in Mumbai, says: ‘IL&FS Group has a long term vision for Fujairah and will continue to remain positive on the oil storage business in the region regardless of the current geo-political situation.'
Mobil Oil New Zealand plans to build two fuel storage tanks to improve fuel supply capacity for the South Island.
The tanks at its fuel terminal in Lyttelton will replace those damaged by a 2014 landslide at Mobil's Naval Point facility. They will be located adjacent to Mobil's existing terminal at George Seymour Quay and will store petrol and diesel. They are expected to be complete by early 2019.
The work is the latest in several recent major investments by the company to enhance its fuel product offerings to customers. This includes work to upgrade its bulk fuels terminal at Mount Manganui.
Andrew McNaught, country manager for Mobil, says: 'Construction of new tanks will resort fuel storage capacity at our Lyttelton operation, which, along with the Lyttelton-Woolston pipeline and Woolston Terminal, is an important part of the fuel supply chain in the South Island.
'This project represents a significant investment in New Zealand's fuel supply chain and demonstrates our commitment to the local market.'
The global energy sector will be significantly reshaped over the next 20 years as the US is set to become the undisputed global oil and gas leader.
The International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook 2017 sets out four major trends that are 'profoundly reshaping' the energy sector: the resurgence in oil and gas production from the US, significant declines in the cost of renewables, the share of electricity in the energy mix is growing and China's move towards a cleaner growth mode.
These four themes are altering the face of the global energy system and upending traditional ways of meeting energy demand, according to the document.
The document sets out that over the next 25 years, the world's growing energy needs will be met firstly by renewables and natural gas, as plummeting costs turn solar power into the cheapest source of new electricity generation.
It says that rising oil demand will slow down, but is not reversed before 2040, despite the steep rise of electric car sales.
Dr Fatih Birol, executive director for the IEA, says: 'These are extraordinary times for global energy, and they are reflected in what I believe is an extraordinary WEO.
'Electric vehicles are in the fast lane as a result of government support and declining battery costs but it is far too early to write the obituary of oil, as growth for trucks, petrochemicals, shipping and aviation keep pushing demand higher.
'The US becomes the undisputed leader for oil and gas production for decades, which represents a major upheaval for international market dynamics.'
The shale oil and gas revolution in the US continues thanks to the ability of producers to unlock new resources in a cost-effective way. By the mid-2020s, the US is projected to become the world's largest LNG exporter and a net oil exporter by the end of that decade.
The report says this is having a major impact on oil and gas markets, challenging suppliers and causing a major reorientation of global trade flows, with consumers in Asia accounting for more than 70% of global oil and gas imports by 2040.
And while oil demand continues to grow, it is at a steadily decreasing pace due to fuel efficiency and rising electrification bringing a peak in oil used for passenger cars. Other sectors however, such as petrochemicals, aviation and shipping, are driving up oil demand to 105 million barrels a day by 2040.
A full analysis of the report will be included in the December/January 2018 edition of Tank Storage Magazine.
Blackline Partners and TPG Sixth Street Partners have created a new JV aimed at acquiring and developing oil and gas midstream infrastructure assets.
The new company, Blackline Midstream, has acquired SEA-3, owner of New England's propane storage and distribution terminal in New Hampshire from Trammo.
The facility consists of 530,000 barrels of propane storage, a five-lane 24/7 truck loading rack, an ocean-access marine vessel receiving and loading dock and a six spot rail receiving rack. Additionally, SEA-3 has a fully approved upgrade project which will significantly increase the rail unloading capacity of the terminal, giving it access to both domestic and international markets.
Mike Day, CEO of Blackline Partners, says: 'Blackline's deeply experienced operations management team, combined with TSSP's financial strength and expertise position us to integrate SEA-3 into a strong, well-equipped midstream growth platform.
'We will immediately commence the rail expansion project at Newington in order to position SEA-3 as the most flexible and reliable propane supply terminal in the northeast US.'
David Herr, VP of marketing at Blackline, who will be managing product commercial operations for Blackline Midstream, adds: 'With the rail expansion project, we will be able to remain competitive under any market supply scenario.
'All existing commercial agreements will be carried forward, and customers of the terminal will experience a seamless transition following the acquisition.'