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Inter Terminals is set to acquire all of NuStar Energy's European bulk liquid storage business for $270 million.
Parent company Inter Pipeline says that Inter Terminals will acquire 100% of the issued share capital of the business and that the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.
NuStar Europe comprises seven coastal terminals totalling 9.1 million barrels of storage. One is located in Amsterdam with the remaining facilities located in the UK near London, Runcorn, Eastham, Grangemouth, Clydebank and Belfast.
The investment includes 321 tanks, cost-of-service and fee-based storage business primarily focused on inland distribution and blending of petroleum & petrochemical products, historically strong utilisation rates as well as stable cash flows.
The transaction will increase Inter Terminal's storage capacity by 33% to 37 million barrels and the company says there is strong integration potential with Inter Terminal's existing terminals in the UK, resulting in enhanced product storage and custom blending solutions for customers.
NuStar's European terminals operate as storage and blending hubs for the transhipment of refined products as well as the inland distribution of petroleum and petrochemical products. They are well positioned to facilitate the regional movement of products driven by the significant imbalances that exist between supply and sources and demand locations.
In the UK, the 1.9 million-barrel Grays terminal is a key regional supply point, responsible for handling approximately 17 million barrels of refined products per year and provides cost effective access to London's fuel distribution network.
The 3.8 million-barrel facility in Amsterdam, Netherlands plays a key role in the Port of Amsterdam, comprising approximately 10% of independent storage capacity. The terminal provides gasoline, gas oil and fuel oil storage, and blending services, including those required to produce IMO 2020 compliant marine fuels.
The smaller terminals in Belfast, Eastham, Grangemouth, Runcorn and Clydebank in the UK primarily support the distribution of petrochemicals, gasoline, diesel and sulphur to regional demand centres.
Christian Bayle, Inter Pipeline's president & CEO, says: 'The addition of NuStar Europe is an exciting step forward for our European bulk liquid storage business.
'The acquisition materially increases our overall storage capacity and establishes Inter Terminals as the largest independent storage operator in the UK. Furthermore, the transaction provides an attractive entry into the Port of Amsterdam. The port is the world's largest gasoline blending hub and has experienced significant storage growth over the years.'
The Carlyle Group and the Port of Corpus Christi have agreed to build a major crude oil export terminal on Harbour Island.
The facility will create the first onshore location in the US Gulf capable of servicing fully-laden VLCCs and it will connect growing crude oil production in the US with global markets
VLCC access at the Port of Corpus Christi will open the global markets for US oil producers, pipelines, their supply chains and customers. As part of the agreement, the port will work exclusively with Carlyle to bring together world-class oil producers, marketers, pipeline operators and marine terminal operators to ensure a significant portion of the new oil production in Texas will have a reliable gateway to international markets.
Carlyle will lead the construction and operations of the terminal on an exclusive basis. It will also arrange for a private funding solution for a dredging project to bring fully-laden VLCCs to Harbour Island.
The terminal, which will include the development of at least two loading docks as well as crude oil tank storage inland across Redfish Bay, is expected to be operation in late 2020.
Sean Strawbridge, CEO of Port of Corpus Christi, says: 'A project of this magnitude further underscores the vital role the Port of Corpus Christi plays in the global energy markets and as an important economic generator for the great state of Texas.'
'Corpus Christi is certainly where the incremental barrels want to go as we have deep water, availability of land for development and plenty of capacity to absorb the forecasted US energy production growth in oil and gas,' adds Charlie Zahn, chairman of the Port of Corpus Christi.
Efforts to improve and promote the Mediterranean region as a logistics and hub platform alternative to the ARA region have gained momentum in recent years.
Several key players have launched initiatives to elevate the region as another gateway into Europe, including the Port of Tarragona, Spain, with executives believing that collaboration between core logistics sectors such as shipping, tank storage and ports is the key to capturing these trade flows.
The port’s second Mediterranean hub workshop will explore what potential exists for the Mediterranean region, as well as ways to make the region more competitive and attract more trade flows.
Charles Misseghers, analyst and support at UMF (Maritime and Fluvial Union of Marseille Fos), will be speaking in greater detail about how a Mediterranean platform will further optimise petrochemical distribution.
In an interview with Tank Storage Magazine, Misseghers says that a Mediterranean platform will offer a range of new possibilities for shipowners, logistics companies and petrochemical companies.
‘The Mediterranean region has all the assets that the north has and has perfect weather conditions for maritime and logistics. Not only that, we are also as well connected as the north range to pipelines and railways.
‘The region is already a hub for petrochemicals due to the lack of space and congestion in the north. It also has good intermodality and is an ideal link with the rest of the Mediterranean countries.’
Misseghers also believes that collaboration between all of the actors in the region is key to making this ambition a success.
‘There needs to be co-operation between all of the private actors with the full support from public actors. Also, there needs to be no competition between ports to foster collaboration.’
In addition to the conference, featuring sessions on European petrochemical markets trends, the storage market trends and competitiveness as well as an analysis of current flows in the Mediterranean, delegates will also be given a tour of the port’s chemical quay and Tepsa’s terminal, which is currently undergoing an expansion.
The expansion will take place over three phases. The first, which comprises the construction of six tanks with 15,500 m3 of capacity, will be complete by the second quarter of 2019. Four of the six tanks have already been built.
The second phase is due to be complete in 2020 and the final phase will be finished in 2022. Once complete, the facility will have more than 100,000 m3 of storage capacity.
Speaking to Tank Storage Magazine, Gonzalo Rey, terminal manager, Tepsa Tarragona, says: ‘The evolution of the chemical cluster in Tarragona is encouraging a solid expansion period, with some companies announcing plans to increase their production capacities.
Tepsa’s mission is to be part of the supply chain of our customers and helping them to optimise it.
‘Thus, we believe we have to accompany our customers in their growth plans by developing new storage solutions for them with state-of-the-art facilities.’
Rey says that Tarragona has a strong geostrategic and commercial position next to the ChemMed, one of the most important petrochemical clusters in southern Europe, underscoring its importance for trade flows from the East to the West. It also boasts efficient infrastructure, allowing the terminal to offer a flexible service to its customers.
The company, working with port officials, is presenting new facilities in the chemical quay to current and potential new customers to help further promote hub activity.
‘Tarragona offers one of the best infrastructures in the Western Mediterranean for ship owners and ship agent customers. This event is a great opportunity to meet producers, stakeholders and potential clients as well as promoting open discussion to find new opportunities and improvements in our sector.’
The event will take place on November 22 and 23 at the Port of Tarragona. For more information, visit www.hubday2018.eventbrite.es
As of Monday, October 22 total oil product stocks in Fujairah stood at 21.612 million barrels – up by 5.8% week on week. Combined product stocks are at their highest since August 14, 2017.
Stocks of light distillates rose by 8.8% week on week to 8.886 million barrels – a record high since the start of weekly inventory reporting in January 2017. Gasoline market sentiment remains weak due to continued movement of European gasoline into the East of Suez. 'The balance is coming from outside [...] people are bringing in cargoes from the Mediterranean,' a source based in the Middle East said. Demand remains present, with Kuwait's KPC and Pakistan's PSO issuing fresh buy tenders this past week, but this is outweighed by heavy supply fundamentals. 'On the whole, sentiment in the gasoline market is bearish. Although the demand side seems stable, the supply side does not look good with arbitrage cargoes [from the West] coming in and adding on to the high inventories [in Asia],' a Singapore-based trader said.
Stocks of middle distillates were almost unchanged week on week at 4.353 million barrels. Inventories remain at their highest since March 27, 2017. Gasoil continues to see building positive sentiment, based mainly on the strength of Asian demand. Asian gasoil supply has been constrained by refinery maintenance, even as North Asian bunker, barge and fishing sector requirements and Australian mining industry demand remained robust. Asian demand has drawn in gasoil volumes from the Middle East and India, largely offsetting a lack of arbitrage flows to the West.
Stocks of heavy distillates and residues rose by 5.8% week on week to 8.373 million barrels – a nine-week high. Bunker demand in Fujairah is expected to pick up as flat prices have declined in line with crude. Brent futures fell by 4% overnight to an eight-week low of $76.44/b yesterday. 'With prices moving down so much today, demand for bunkers increased, with more buyers coming out to purchase,' one bunker supplier said. In addition to improved demand, some supply tightness was seen due to the snapback of US sanctions on Iran, which is traditionally the key supplier of fuel oil to Fujairah.
IEnova has signed an agreement with Marathon Petroleum for 50% of the initial capacity of its marine terminal in Topolobampo, Sinaloa, Mexico.
IEnova will be responsible for all aspects of project implementation of the marine terminal for the receipt, storage and delivery of refined products.
With an IEnova investment of $150 million, the marine terminal is expected to begin commercial operations in the last quarter of 2020.
The facility will enable Marathon Petroleum to supply gasoline and diesel to its growing network of ARCO-branded service stations in the states of Sinaloa and Sonora. This facility will enhance supply options, improve logistics and increase refined products supply reliability on the west coast of Mexico, which will translate into benefits for consumers in the region.
ENOC's jet fuel pipeline linking its storage terminals in Jebel Ali to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South is due to be operational in the first quarter of 2020.
Construction on the 16.2km pipeline has exceeded 20% and it is due to be complete in time for Dubai Expo 2020. Once complete, the pipeline will carry 2,000 m3 of jet fuel per hour to Al Maktoum International Airport, which is billed to be the world's largest, and will help meet the demand for aviation services from a significant proportion of the international visitors to the expo.
Hi Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, group CEO of ENOC, says: 'The jet fuel pipeline connecting to Al Maktoum International Airport is one project that reiterates our commitment to elevate our country's key infrastructure. The completion of the project will strengthen the supply of jet fuel to Al Maktoum International Airport and meet the needs of airlines connecting the city to the world.'
The pipeline will meet the demand for jet fuel at Dubai Airports up until 2050. ENOC currently supplies jet fuel to Dubai International Airport through two jet fuel pipelines.
Fluxys and Novatek have formed a JV to build a LNG terminal in Rostock, Germany.
The companies aim to construct the facility, which will have an import capacity of 300,000 million tonnes per annum by 2022.
The mid-sized terminal will receive LNG carriers from a liquefaction facility, which Novatek is currently building in the port of Vysotsk near St Petersburg.
The Rostock project is one of two LNG terminals currently under consideration in Germany.
Additionally, a German-Dutch joint venture is planning a large facility near the coast of the North Sea by Hamburg.
JupiterMLP has secured funding to build a one million barrel per day capacity Jupiter Pipeline from the Permian Basin to the Port of Brownsville, Texas.
It is expected to be operational in late third quarter of 2020 with origination points near Midland, Pecos and Crane, Texas, and offtake points near Three Rivers, Texas. The engineering, design and right-of-way planning for the pipeline has been completed.
It will be the only pipeline out of the Permian Basin that can access all three deep water ports in Texas and will have direct access to a fully capable VLCC loading facility.
The investment by Charon System Advisors follows an announcement in May from Jupiter, saying it has secured all initial governmental and regulatory permits to load and unload vessels of up to 65,000 deadweight tonnes or Panamax sized vessels at the Jupiter Export Terminal. Jupiter has already secured permits to construct more than 2.8 million barrels of storage in Brownsville and has additional permits on file to increase its storage footprint to more than six million barrels of the potential 10 million barrels of storage capacity.
Jupiter is in the final stages of securing a permit to construct a 170,000 barrel per day processing facility designed to process light US shale crude into on-spec US gasoline and ultralow sulphur diesel.
Tom Ramsey, CEO of Jupiter, says: 'From our first purchase crude oil business and Jupiter Transport trucking company, to construction of the Jupiter pipeline, its connections in the Permian and the ability to load VLCCs offshore near Brownsville, we are executing on our long-term, global strategy of connecting the 'Wellhead to the World'.'
Saudi Aramco has signed 15 MoUs, strategic & commercial collaborations worth more than $34 billion with 15 international partner companies and entities.
The collaborations reflect the range and ambition of the company's business interests, reinforcing its position as the world's prominent energy & chemicals company.
The MoU's reflect both Saudi Aramco's and the Kingdom's international partnership strategies and the determination to diversify the economy and enhance the domestic investment environment.
The MoU's cover business units including downstream, offshore and engineering. A number of these MoU's will enhance the In-Kingdom total value add programme, the company's flagship initiative to improve the domestic supply chain, its operations and its employment potential.
The MoU's and commercial collaborations are:
- MOU with Total to launch engineering studies to build petrochemical complex in Jubail, KSA
- MOU with Total regarding the potential establishment of a retail service station network
- MOU with Hyundai Heavy Industries regarding potential HHI investments in King Salman International Maritime Complex for Industries and Services at Ras Al Khair
- MOU with Baker Hughes
- MOU with Schlumberger
- MOU with Halliburton
- MOU with Oilfield Supply Centre
- MOU with Flex-Steel to invest in RTP reinforced thermoplastic pipe facility
- MOU with NPCC (National Petroleum Construction Company, UAE) to invest in a fully integrated fabrication yard and marine base
- MOU with SeAH Changwon Integrated Specialty Steel to invest in localisation of engineering steel
- MOU with GumPro (India) to invest in drilling chemicals facility
- MOU with Acwa Power (KSA) and Air Product (USA) regarding the Jazan Refinery gasification power project
- MOU with Sumitomo (Japan) regarding potential investments to upgrading PetroRabigh Refinery
- MOU with Norinco (China) regarding potential investments in refining and chemicals projects
- MOU with NOV (US) to invest in manufacturing and repair of onshore rigs and equipment
Targray has officially opened its Fargo Biodiesel Terminal a 24/7 fuel distribution centre in North Dakota.
The new terminal will provide local fuel retailers, distributors and fleet managers with greater access to biodiesel.
In May 2018, Minnesota began requiring that all diesel fuel sold in the state contain at least 20% biodiesel. The minimum content for the remainder of the year is 5%.
Samy Cozma, Targray Biofuels trader, says: 'The Fargo terminal is an important addition to our national biodiesel solution for businesses operating in Fargo-Moorhead, one of the country's fastest growing metropolitan areas.'
Cozma adds that the new terminal will help address the increased demand for biodiesel in northwest Minnesota, stemming from the state's recently amended biodiesel mandate.
Pin Oak has announced the execution of a ten-year agreement for Suezmax vessels with the Port of Corpus Christi.
The exclusive use agreement at Public Oil Dock 14 includes extension options, which could extend the deal for another ten-years.
In addition to Suezmax vessels, Pin Oak will be able to efficiently load and unload Aframax, Panamax and other smaller vessels and barges.
This agreement follows the start of construction works on Pin Oak's nine pipelines crossing under the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, eight of which will connect to the dock. The dock is designed to load product at a minimum rate of 40,000 barrels per hour, and it will include three 12-inch diameter purpose-built loading arms to efficiently load crude oil onto Suezmax vessels.
Pin Oak currently has contracted more than two million barrels of crude oil storage, supported by long-term, third-party contract, with the ability to expand its capacity on an as-needed basis.
C. Mike Reed, CEO of Pin Oak Holdings, says: 'The Port of Corpus Christi constructed oil dock 14 in 2016 and we applaud their vision to invest in the necessary dock capacity to facilitate the expeditious flow of crude oil and products to domestic and global markets. We believe speed-to-market is imperative for our customers, and we are aligned with the Port of Corpus Christi to be ready for oil by the third quarter of 2019.'
Global Petro Storage, Innova Refining Industries and Chemie Tech will invest in a greenfield terminal project in the Port of Hamriyah in the UAE.
The terminal, underpinned by long-term commitments, will provide services for industrial reprocessing of waste oils, trading, import and bunkering. Construction works started in October 2018 and the facility is due to be complete by late-2019.
This is GPS's first investment in the Middle East, which the company says is a key strategic hub that it plans to expand around.
GPS will hold the majority in the three-party joint venture company, GPS Innova, which will develop, own and operate the hydrocarbon storage terminal according to international standards.
As of Monday, October 15 total oil product stocks in Fujairah stood at 20.432 million barrels – up by 2.9% week on week. Stocks rose to a three-month high, reaching the 20 million barrel mark for the first time since time since July 16.
Stocks of light distillates rose by 7.6% week on week to 8.165 million barrels – the highest total since April 2. Lights were the largest of the three reported stocks category for the first time since April 2. High stock levels are indicative of weak gasoline fundamentals in both the West and East. The Middle East continues to see constant inflows from an oversupplied European market. At least 1.11 million mt or around 9.42 million barrels of gasoline loading in October from the West of Suez will head to the Middle East, Asia and Australia following the widening of the East/West spread, market sources said. This is despite a bearish outlook in the Singapore market, which has recently seen gasoline cracks narrow to three-month lows.
Stocks of middle distillates edged up by 0.3% week on week to 4.354 million barrels. Stocks remain at their highest since March 27, 2017. East of Suez gasoil sentiment remains positive, despite a firm Exchange of Futures for Swaps spread effectively keeping barrels in the region and pushing supplies from India and the Middle East to Singapore. According to an industry source, 'Supply from North Asia [is] much less than August. EFS is strong, more Indian and Arab Gulf barrels [are] heading east, but easily absorbed'.
Stocks of heavy distillates and residues edged down by 0.3% week on week to 7.913 million barrels. Fujairah bunker fuel premiums continued to hold at range-bound levels from last week, as cargo supply is still tight even though the situation had eased compared to August and early September, trade sources said. Sentiment remains mixed amid continued uncertainty over the direction of crude prices.
Total and Adani Group have agreed to jointly develop multi energy offers, including new LNG infrastructure and service stations, to the Indian energy market.
The strategic partnership between Total, and Indian private conglomerate Adani Group, which specialises in trading, port infrastructure as well as energy production and distribution, includes the creation of LNG regasification terminals as well as a new retail network of 1,500 service stations.
Both companies will develop various LNG terminals, including Dhamra LNG, on the East coast of India as well as a JV to build the retail network over a period of 10 years on the main roads of the country.
Patrick Pouyanné, chairman and CEO of Total, says: 'India's energy consumption will grow among the fastest of all major economies in the world over the next decade. This partnership illustrates our joint commitment to assisting India to diversify its energy mix and to ensure a supply of reliable, affordable and clean energy to consumers.'
Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani adds: 'The collaboration enables us to associate with Total's century-old legacy, global presence, scale and unparalleled go-to-market expertise. The global synergy between the two groups presents widespread benefits and long-term value for the economy and the people of India.'
Saudi Aramco has competed the rehabilitation and upgrade project of the Yanbu' South Terminal, which adds an extra three million barrels per day of crude oil to its West Coast export capacity.
The facility, located south of Yanbu' along the West Coast of Saudi Arabia, comprises a tank farm and offshore facilities to receive, store and load Arabian Light and Arabian Super Light crude oil.
The company says that the rehabilitation and integration of the facility with the existing crude oil supply network reinforces its role as a reliable, global energy supplier.
Abdullah M. Al-Mansour, executive head of pipelines, distribution and terminals, says: 'The successful startup of the Yanbu' South Terminal is another milestone in reinforcing Aramco's goal to be the world's leading integrated energy and chemicals producer, operating in a safe, sustainable and reliable manner.'
Tallgrass Energy and Silver Creek Midstream are expanding their Powder River Basin JC to include pipeline and storage assets.
The expanded JV, Power River Gateway, will own the Iron Hose Pipeline, the Powder River Express Pipeline and crude oil terminal facilities in Guernsey, Wyoming.
Both Iron Hose and PRE will transport crude oil produced in the PRB from Silver Creek's Pronghorn Terminal to Guernsey, Wyoming, where the crude oil has access to Tallgrass' Pony Express crude pipeline system and two other existing takeaway pipelines.
Tallgrass will operate the JV and owns 51% of the Gateway with Silver Creek owning the rest.
The storage facilities collectively own over 340 acres, include 370,000 barrels of crude storage currently in-service and, once fully constructed, will include over one million barrels of storage.
When combined with Silver Creek's existing assets, it will own and operate 120 miles of existing pipeline and have more than 330,000 acres dedicated from top Powder River Basin producers. The company will further develop the exiting gathering and trunkline infrastructure by an initial 52 miles and more than 100,000 barrels of additional storage.
Tallgrass, which owns and operates Pony Express and is developing both the Seahorse Pipeline and Plaquemines Liquids Terminal projects, provides extensive downstream market access for PRB producers. Powder River Gateway intends to create joint tariffs with both Pony Express and Seahorse.
Tallgrass is pursuing multiple expansion projects on Pony Express to meet the needs of growing PRB production, which will be staged over the next few years.
Silver Creek founder and CEO J. Patrick Barley says: 'Silver Creek is pleased to expand our relationship with Tallgrass in the PRB. Their current and growing long-haul crude transportation capabilities combined with Silver Creek's gathering and transportation assets in the PRB position Powder River Gateway to be the most efficient and flexible transportation and terminal facility in the PRB, offering access to all Guernsey downstream markets.'
Gibson Energy has announced plans to increase storage capacity at its Hardisty Terminal by one million barrels, underpinned by a long-term agreement.
The construction of two new 500,000-barrel tanks, underpinned by a long-term agreement with an investment grade, senior oil sands customer, represents the third phase of development at the Top of the Hill portion of the Hardisty terminal.
This third phase, which will leverage certain infrastructure built as part of the prior phases, is expected to be in service in the first quarter of 2020.
The three phases currently under construction will add seven new tanks, representing an incremental 3.1 million barrels of storage and a 35% expansion of the Hardisty Terminal.
Steve Spaulding, president and CEO, says: 'With nearly a half-billion dollars of sanctioned growth capital relative to an annual target of $150 to $200 million, Gibson has secured the projects required to exceed our 10% growth target through to 2020.
'We also remain in discussions with several existing and potential customers regarding their needs for additional tankage and continue to expect we will sanction two to four tanks per year over the medium-term.'
Green Plains Partners will sell its storage and transportation assets to Green Plains for $120.9 million.
The deal includes the transfer of railcar leases associated with the Lakota, Iowa, Bluffton, Ind and Riga, Mich ethanol facilities. These three plants account for 280 million gallons of nameplate capacity, which works out at 20% of Green Plains reported ethanol production capacity.
A total of 525 railcars managed by Green Plains Partners are anticipated to be conveyed to Green Plains. Additionally, Green Plains Partners has entered into an amendment with Green Plains Trade Group to extend the ethanol storage and throughput agreement for three years.
Todd Becker, president and CEO of Green Plains Partners, says: 'The partnership is in a solid position to grow with availability under its credit facility and a renewed focus on expanding our footprint in the terminal business.'
The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2018.
Transnet National Ports Authority is due to start work on the second phase of a new liquid bulk facility project in November.
During an update to stakeholders, executives confirmed that phase one of the infrastructure needed to service the site of the facility, which will be developed and operated by Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo Holdings, is now complete. This includes a new access road as well as detailed design of the new port entrance plaza and the new main access road, including the pipeline servitude that will form the link between the new facility and the port.
Phase two comprises landside development, forming the link between the tank farm and the berth. The port authority will provide infrastructure for the new storage terminal by equipping a berth to function as a liquid bulk berth.
The concept engineering design and the relevant surveys have been completed and construction is due to start in November 2018. The facility will initially have 200,000 m3 of storage, with a final total capacity of 790,000 m3. The planned commissioning is at the end of 2020.
Phase one will cater for dedicated jetty pipelines, bulk storage for up to 200,000 m3, road loading with a vapour recovery unit as well as firefighting facilities and site drainage facilities. Provision has also been made for LPG storage.
In its update TNPA said that the facility has the potential to establish itself as a global transhipment and trading hub for West and East Africa. It will also reduce reliance on the Port of Durban for transhipments to coastal ports.
It is anticipated that the first phase of the project will take two years to complete and that the terminal at the Port of Ngqura will be operational by November 2020.
As of Monday, October 8, total oil product stocks in Fujairah stood at 19.859 million barrels. Inventories were up by 3% week on week to a near three-month high, mainly on the back of a jump in middle distillate volumes.
Stocks of light distillates rose by 2.1% at 7.586 million barrels, remaining at a three month high. The Middle East continues to be well supplied by gasoline from a weak European market. Gasoline inventories in the ARA hub stood at 1.09 million mt (9.12 million barrels) last week - 38.1% above year-ago levels - data from PJK International showed. 'The arb to the [Arab Gulf] is there, picking up in Q4 and Q1, expect to see more demand then,' one source said.
Stocks of middle distillates rose by 12.2% week on week to 4.339 million barrels. This is the highest level recorded for the category since March 27, 2017. Arbitrage to Europe remains limited due to low water levels along the Rhine, which is hampering the flow of barge supplies. This is backing up volumes into the ARA and limiting demand from the cargo market. Nevertheless, robust demand from the Singapore market still provides an outlet for Middle Eastern and Indian exports. Arab Gulf 10 ppm sulfur gasoil premiums in the Middle East eased following a recent tender from a UAE national oil company was heard concluded at around plus 80 cents/b to MOPAG Gasoil assessments.
Stocks of heavy distillates and residues were little changed, edging down by 0.5% to 7.934 million barrels. Bunker demand in Fujairah was mixed, with some suppliers citing brisk inquiries owing to a drop in flat prices, while others said that sentiment was still low. Brent Futures climbed to above $86/b a week ago, but have steadied at around $83-84/b in recent days. Notwithstanding the flat price volatility, demand is seen as slower compared to last month. 'Cargo supply is no longer as tight as compared with the first half of September," a Fujairah bunker trader said. "Off-spec issues boosted Fujairah sales that time [in August] but demand has since returned to usual levels,' the trader added.
Saudi Aramco and the Bahrain Petroleum Company have commissioned the AB-4 crude oil pipeline.
The pipeline is part of plans to meet the Kingdom of Bahrain's growing energy demand and is capable of transporting up to 350,000 barrels per day of crude oil.
The 112-kilometer-long pipeline originates from Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq Plants and terminates at the BAPCO refinery in Bahrain.
The pipeline consists of three segments, a 42km onshore Saudi segment, a 28km Bahrain onshore segment and a 42km offshore segment.
Abdullah Mansour, acting executive head of pipelines distribution and terminals at Saudi Aramco, says: 'The commissioning of AB-4 pipeline is another chapter in the special relationship between Saudi Aramco and BAPCO in several aspects including the energy sector that has flourished for more than 73 years and beyond.'
PERN has announced plans to more than double storage capacity at its Gdansk Oil Terminal with the addition of five tanks.
Launching a tender process, PERN plans to increase capacity at the facility by another 2.45 million barrels as part of its phased growth plans. The first phase of construction is complete, according to the company, and comprises six storage tanks, each with 393,000 barrels of capacity, totally 2.35 million barrels.
It is due to complete the second phase by the third quarter of 2020.
Additionally, it also plans to expand its tank facility in Gorki Zachodnie with the addition of two storage tanks each with 630,000 barrels of capacity.
The storage tanks will be connected to the existing infrastructure of the tank farm in Gdansk and to the remaining pipeline infrastructure of the company. The company says this will 'give more possibilities for oil storage for the company's clients and greater operational capacity for handling vehicles coming to the North Port (PPPP Naftoport).
Tender documents for the design, construction and operation of Cyprus' new LNG import terminal have been released by DEFA.
The LNG terminal will include a floating storage and regasification unit with at least 125,000 m3 of storage capacity to unload LNG from LNG carriers ranging from 120,000 m3 to 217,000 m3, a jetty for mooring the FSRU, a jetty borne gas pipeline and related infrastructure.
Following the completion of a feasibility study in 2016, the government of Cyprus decided to proceed with the facility for the import, storage and regasification of LNG facility near Lemesos.
The facility will be complete by 2020 and has secured a funding of 40% of the CAPEX, up to €101 million as a grant from the EU under the Connecting Europe Facility financial instruments.
Symeon Kassianides, chairman of DEFA, says: 'This is an important milestone for DEFA, and for the people of Cypris, who will soon benefit from the cost savings and environmental benefits from the us of natural gas. We expect to issue a request for expressions of interest for the supply of LNG in the coming weeks and a full tender early in 2019.'
TransCanada will construct the Coastal GasLink pipeline project following the decision to sanction the LNG Canada natural gas liquefaction project.
The project is a 670 kilometre pipeline designed to transport natural gas from the Montney gas-producing region near Dawson Creek, British Colombia to the LNG Canada facility in Kitimat. The pipeline will have an initial capacity of 2.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/day) with the potential for expansion to up to 5 Bcf/day.
Construction on the CAD$6.2 billion project is expected to begin in early 2019 with a planned in-service date in 2023. It is underpinned by a 25-year transportation service agreement with the LNG Canada participants.
Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and CEO says: 'Once constructed, Coastal GasLink will become a critical component of British Columbia's natural gas pipeline infrastructure, connecting our abundant, low-cost natural gas resources to global markets.
'Solid underlying market fundamentals combined with robust commercial support for the project, position us to prudently fund Coastal GasLink over its multi-year construction along with our existing $28 billion near-term capital programme in a manner consistent with our long-established strong financial profile.'
Magnolia Infrastructure Holdings has delivered a non-binding offer to acquire American Midstream Partners.
Magnolia, a subsidiary of ArcLight Energy Partners, has put in an offer to acquire all common units of the partnership and its affiliates for $6.10 per common unit. If approved, it is currently expected that the transaction would be consummated through a merger of the partnership with a subsidiary of ArcLight.
ArcLight says there can be no assurance that any discussion that may occur between the parties will result into a definitive agreement concerning a transaction. The transaction is subject to a number of contingencies.
Saudi Aramco and Total have signed a joint development agreement for the FEED for a giant petrochemical complex in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
The world-class complex will be located next to the SATORP refinery, operated by Saudi Aramco and Total, in order to fully exploit operational synergies. It will comprise a mixed-feed cracker – the first in the Arabian Gulf region to be integrated with a refinery – with a capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per year of ethylene and related high-added-value petrochemical units.
The $5 billion project is scheduled to start-up in 2024.
The project will also provide feedstock for other petrochemical and specialty chemical plants located in the Jubail industrial area and beyond, representing an additional $4 billion investment by third-party investors.
Amin H. Nasser, CEO of Saudi Aramco, says: 'The petrochemicals sector has been undergoing significant growth globally and is one of the future growth engines. Thus, SATORP's second-phase expansion represents a significant value addition in Saudi Aramco's downstream strategy to maximise the full value of our vast portfolio and position the Kingdom as a chemicals manufacturing and exports hub.'
Patrick Pouyanné, chairman and CEO of Total, says: 'We are delighted to write a new page of our joint history by launching a new giant project, building on the successful development of SATORP, our biggest and most efficient refinery in the world.
'This world-class complex also fits with our strategy to expand in petrochemicals by maximising the synergies within our major platforms, leveraging low-cost feedstocks and taking advantage of the fast-growing Asian polymer market.'
Oiltanking Antwerp Gas Terminal is expanding its gas facility in Antwerp with a new propane tank as part of its partnership with Borealis.
The new 135,000 m3 propane storage tank will supply the Borealis production facility in Kallo, Belgium. Borealis, which produces polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilisers, will built a new world-scale propane dehydrogenation plants in addition to its existing facilities in Kallo. The new PDH plant is scheduled for the beginning of 2022.
Oiltanking acquired the Antwerp Gas Terminal in mid-2016 and since then accelerated working on the facility's significant expansion potential. In early 2017, a contract was signed for the construction of a 135,000 m3 fully refrigerated butane tank that will go into operation in 2019.
Together with the newly planned propane tank, the terminal will have almost tripled its current capacity.
Daan Vos, managing director of Oiltanking West of Suez, says: 'I am looking forward to continue the long-standing partnership and the confidence placed in Oiltanking for handling propylene and propane and the further integration into the logistics chain of Borealis.'
Noble Midstream plans to form a 50/50 joint venture with Salt Creek Midstream for a crude oil pipeline and gathering system in the Delaware Basin.
The JV will be underpinned by acreage contributions from Noble and Salt Creek of 180,000 dedicated acres from Noble Energy and five other southern Delaware Basin producers, with a line of sight to additional dedications totalling 100,000 acres.
The 95-mile, 200,000 barrel of oil per day system will originate in Pecos County, Texas, with additional connections in Reeves County and Wink County, Texas.
It will be served by a combination of in-field crude gathering lines and a trunkline to Wink Hub.
Once the transaction is closed in the fourth quarter of 2018, the project would be underpinned by 180,000 dedicated acres and nearly 100 miles of pipeline in Pecos, Reeves, Ward and Winkler Counties. This includes an in-basin oil transportation dedication of the southern portion of Noble Energy's Reeves County position totalling 70,000 acres.
Salt Creek has started building the pipeline and is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2019. The project provides access to 200,000 barrels of new crude oil storage, with expansion potential to 300,000 barrels.
Terry R. Gerhart, CEO of Noble Midstream, says: 'The pipeline system will provide critical downstream connectivity and enhanced market optionality for producers in the southern Delaware Basin.'
Vitol is set to acquire 50% of Brazilian downstream company Rodoil.
The company is a market leader in the southern part of Brazil, with a downstream network comprising 300 service stations and a distribution business supplying an additional 1,400 plus service stations through its network of 10 strategically located terminals.
It was founded in 2006 by current CEO Roberto Tonietto, who will continue to lead Rodoil from its headquarters in Caxias do Sul.
Russel Hardy, Vitol CEO, says: 'Brazil has significant potential and is already the world's 6th largest fuels market. Rodoil's rapid growth since it was founded in 2006 demonstrates both the market potential and quality of the company's leadership. We are pleased to invest in Rodoil's plans for expansion and look forward to working with the management team to strengthen the company's downstream footprint.
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.
As of Monday, October 1, total oil product stocks in Fujairah stood at 19.272 million barrels. Inventories jumped by 17% week on week to a nine-week high.
Stocks of light distillates rose by 26.1% at 7.432 million barrels - a three month high. Steady demand in the Middle East is pulling in increasing volumes of gasoline from the Mediterranean, which is now long on supply after a tight summer. 'The Med is still long, it's even longer now in the winter..... demand is not there, it depends on where the arbitrages are,' one source said. The arbitrage from the West to the East is still open, as strong demand and refinery issues in the East cause the EBOB/92 RON spread to widen.
Stocks of middle distillates fell by 2.9% week on week to 3.868 million barrels. Sentiment in the middle distillate market is diverging, with robust gasoil set against weakness in jet fuel. Tighter supply out of India is supporting gasoil heading into what is traditionally a strong winter period in 4Q. For jet fuel, a strong Exchange of Futures for Swaps (EFS) has limited movements from India and the Middle East to the West of Suez, further exacerbating the plentiful supplies. North Asia is seen as oversupplied, while rising fuel cost and weakening currencies in a number of Asian markets could begin to impact jet demand.
Stocks of heavy distillates and residues jumped by 21% week on week to 7.972 million barrels, rebounding from last week's six month low. Bunker demand in Fujairah was subdued in recent days following a surge in flat prices on the back of higher crude futures. With Brent prices at four-year high, delivered prices for 380 CST in Fujairah rose above $500/mt for the first time since October 2014. Short-term demand was likely to stay average to slow as some buyers had already booked before the uptrend, market sources said. Fujairah continues to see some additional demand due to off-spec issues in Singapore; delivered 380 CST fuel in Fujairah was assessed at $11.15/mt above Singapore yesterday.