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Stocks of light distillates fell by 5.1% to 5.948 million barrels, retreating from a 20-week high seen last week.
The front-month time spread for Arab Gulf petrol RON 95 fell further into contango and was at minus 53 cents yesterday, indicative of seasonally lower petrol demand. Naphtha cracks have fallen sharply recently as Asian petrochemical producers expect to see the end of peak run rates with the upcoming Lunar New Year, adding further downward pressure on the light distillates complex.
Arbitrage routes out of Asia are heard to be closed with the Middle East and the US West Coast already being sufficiently stocked. One source commented, 'the (Middle East) market is a bit long, but in the coming months ... it will be balanced with all the tenders and the turnarounds'.
Stocks of middle distillates rose by 5.5% or 113,000 barrels to a nine-week high of 2.183 million barrels. The price impact on gasoil of cold weather in Europe and North America has moderated, with markets in those regions seen as flat at best. Four LR2-sized vessels each carrying around 90,000 mt of gasoil that loaded from East of Suez locations are currently en route to the US East Coast, but this arbitrage has now closed in line with a falling spread between the NYMEX heating oil and ICE low sulfur gasoil futures.
Stocks of heavy distillates and residues fell by 6% or 545,000 barrels to 8.529 million barrels. Bunker demand in Fujairah was reported as sluggish in recent days, with the rally of ICE Brent prices to $70/b raising prices and dampening buying interest. The front-month time spread for Arab Gulf 180 CST remained in contango at minus 75 cents/mt yesterday. Added to the suspension of fuel oil tenders by Pakistan State Oil and a narrowing differential between Singapore and Fujairah cargo prices, fuel oil stocks could well rebound in the coming weeks.
A new president for the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) has been appointed.
Kathryn Clay is due to start on March 1. Clay has been vice president for policy at the American Gas Association since 2013. She has also been serving concurrently as the executive director of the American Gas Foundation, a position she has held since joining AGA in 2011.
Prior to joining AGA, she was vice president, research and technology policy, for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. She was a member of the professional staff of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 2005 to 2008. She also served on the professional staff of the Energy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science from 2003 to 2005.
John A. Roller, chairman of the ILTA’s board of directors, says: 'Kathryn’s deep understanding of energy policy issues, her extensive experience as an industry advocate, and her strong background in trade association management make her an excellent choice to lead the International Liquid Terminals Association. I am delighted that she will be joining our industry as ILTA’s new president.'
Contanda has announced plans to expand its Grays Harbor facility to satisfy future demand for cleaner fuels storage.
The facility will be expanded to store a portfolio of cleaner fuels including biodiesel, renewable diesel and ultra-low sulphur diesel.
The facility, which Contanda has operated since 2009, handles methanol for industrial uses. In 2013, the company sought permits to expand the facility for other liquids, including crude oil. Ultimately, the permits were not granted, primarily because of opposition to the storage and handling of crude oil.
The revised application, which comprises eight new storage tanks capable of storing 1.1 million barrels of liquid, is in response to customer demand and the strong future across the West Coast for biofuels and commodities such as ultra-low sulphur fuel.
G.R 'Jerry' Cardillo, CEO of Contanda, says: The combination of deep-water shipping terminals, rail service, experienced labour and available, land for development of facilities is what first attracted Contanda to the area in 2009.
'These attributes continue to provide an attractive development option for us as we look to expand our West Coast terminal presence.'
Grays Harbor's strategic location and infrastructure are attractive to the company and potential customers whose products originate in the Northwest and can travel by rail to the port to be transferred to deep-water marine vessels.
Contanda is working with the City of Hoquiam and the Washington Department of Ecology on a streamlined permitting process, but does not have a timeline for the revised project.
Gasunie, Vopak and Oiltanking are creating a joint venture to build, own and operate an LNG import storage terminal in northern Germany.
The consortium are in the process of establishing the JV German LNG Terminal, which will provide LNG distribution services. To attract interest, and to establish a detailed insight in customer demand, an open season has been launched.
The terminal offers the opportunity to further diversify Germany's sources of gas supply and facilitates access to LNG as an alternative, low emission fuel for ships and trucks.
The terminal is currently focusing on Brunsbüttel, which benefits from its proximity to the port of Hamburg and other industrial companies in the region.
The start of the open season, on January 17, marks an important milestone in the development of Germany's first LNG terminal. The facility offers discharge and loading of LNG ships, storage of LNG, regasification and send out into the natural gas network and LNG distribution via trucks and barges.
Keyera has started operations at the Base Line Terminal, a new crude oil storage facility.
The first four tanks are now in service at the facility adjacent to its Alberta EnviroFuels facility near Edmonton, Alberta. The remaining eight tanks are expected to be phased into service throughout 2018.
It is a 50/50 joint venture with Kinder Morgan Canada and comprises 4.8 million barrels of crude oil storage capacity.
An additional 1.8 million barrels of crude oil storage capacity may be added to the terminal depending on future customer demand.
David Smith, Keyera's president and CEO, says: 'The Base Line Terminal is a great addition to our diversified portfolio of assets.
'This new business provides Keyera with stable fee-for-service cash flows fully underpinned by several take-or-pay agreements up to 10 years in length with creditworthy counterparties.'
NuStar Energy is expanding its Permian crude system with three projects to offer additional transportation capacity to shippers.
The expansion number two will be capable of reaching multiple downstream markets through interconnects at Colorado City, Texas as crude oil throughput volumes to certain destinations approach the system's capacity.
The three projects will comprise Big Spring South Inlet, Colorado City Mainline Expansion and County Line Loop.
Once completed, these projects are expected to provide 70,000 barrels per day of additional capacity on the Permian crude system. 90% of such additional capacity will be available for volume commitments during the open season.
The bidding season, which opened on January 9 and will extend for at least 30 days, will give potential shippers the opportunity to make volume commitments and sign a transportation services agreement from designated origin point segments to NuStar's Colorado City, Texas Terminal.
LBC Tank Terminals will build and operate a new storage terminal in Freeport, Texas.
The operator has finalised agreements with MEGlobal Americas, which owns the land, to design, engineer, construct and operate the new facility, which will be adjacent to MEGlobal's monoethylene glycol manufacturing plant and connected by pipeline.
LBC Freeport Terminal will be an integrated part of MEGlobal's supply chain, secured through a long-term contract and pipeline connection. The main products to be handled are monoethylene glycol and diethylene glycol.
Work on the facility started in August 2017 and the facility is due to be operational during 2019.
John Grimes, regional business president Americas for LBC, says: 'With over 30 years of historical experience in handling glycols, this project opportunity fits our portfolio and investment risk models and is aligned with our business strategy to further optimise, build-out and expand our business.
'This project very much fits our expertise in constructing, managing and operating chemical terminals and we look forward to a successful business partnership with MEGlobal.'
Total refined oil product stocks at the UAE port of Fujairah stood at 17.412 million barrels in the week to January 8, up 13.5% from the previous week, and setting a three-month high, as all three distillate categories rose, according to latest data from the Fujairah Energy Data Committee, or FEDCom.
The biggest rise came from middle distillates, which jumped by 56% or 744,000 barrels, to an eight-week high of 2.07 million barrels. The middle distillate markets are currently stronger compared to petrol and fuel oil, supported by cold weather in the US and parts of Europe, S&P Global Platts Analytics said in a report.
Indian gasoil cargoes have reportedly been diverted to the US East Coast, which would indicate tight supply in the Atlantic basin, the report said. Supply in the Middle East is also expected to tighten, following the announcement that Saudi Aramco will shut a 200,000 b/d crude distillation unit at the Satorp refinery from January 8 for 46 days of planned maintenance. Satorp has a nameplate capacity of 400,000 b/d and is one of the region's major gasoil exporters.
The Middle East continues to send volumes of jet fuel to Europe. According to data from cFlow, S&P Global Platts trade flow software, jet fuel cargo arrivals into Northwest Europe from East of Suez ports averaged around 1.2 million mt/ month in 2017.
Stocks of light distillates also rose by 16.2% to a 20-week high of 6.268 million barrels. The front-month timespread for Arab Gulf 95 RON gasoline was at a contango of minus 38 cents Tuesday, which is consistent with a seasonally weaker petrol market currently seen globally. The shift into a contango structure supports higher stocks levels, but underlying demand in the Middle East is still seen as healthy, S&P Global Platts Analytics said.
Stocks of heavy distillates and residues rose by 5.2% or 448,000 barrels to 9.074 million barrels, supported by a weakening front-month timespread for Arab Gulf 180 CST, which pushed further into a contango over the past week. Bunker demand in Fujairah was reported as lackluster in recent days amid a continued rise in crude prices. Pakistan State Oil has also reportedly cancelled its fuel oil import tenders for February, and will not issue further tenders until June at the earliest, instead relying on domestic fuel oil supply.
The decline comes after the startup of a new LNG import terminal last year at Port Qasim, which has led the government to restrict fuel oil use in the power sector due to environmental and political considerations. PSO typically tenders for up to 500,000 mt of fuel oil loading from Fujairah every month, and its withdrawal from the market could negatively impact the market for utility grade fuel oil.
StocExpo Europe, the industry's leading event for the tank terminal industry, returns to Rotterdam in March, stronger than ever.
Leading the market for nearly 15 years and boasting more than 200 exhibitors, the three-day event has confirmed several new initiatives for 2018 including the Engineers of the Future zone, the Innovation in Storage showcase and a special seminar programme presented by EEMUA.
Day one will welcome a series of workshops on the show floor from The Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association (EEMUA). These will cover a range of topics, from updates to the industry standard EEMUA 159, to ways to make tank storage safer through inspection, validation and maintenance techniques.
On day two, the Innovation in Storage showcase will be hosted by iTanks, a Netherlands-based knowledge and innovation platform for the tank storage sector. A series of inspiring presentations, covering topics ranging from the future of robotics to sustainability, will be entirely free of charge for all StocExpo Europe attendees.
Running parallel to this will be a Start Up Zone allowing new entrants to the tank storage sector the opportunity to exhibit at a special introductory rate.
For day three, the all-new Engineers of the Future session is specifically designed to solve the problem of the ageing workforce. StocExpo Europe will invite the highest calibre students from local engineering and technology universities to hear first-hand how a career in tank storage can offer a multitude of benefits.
The dedicated programme on the show floor includes presentations from successful professionals in the industry, designed to inspire a new generation of talent. Budding engineers will then listen to an intensive introduction to the world of tank storage, followed by access to the recruiter clinic. This will provide a unique opportunity to find out what recruiters are looking for, enhance their CV and learn invaluable interview techniques.
Alongside these new features, StocExpo Europe will be hosting its widely recognised three-day high level conference programme. Key speakers include Alfons Kuylen, senior safety advisor operations, Gunvor Petroleum Antwerp; Sally Martin, vice president of HSSE for downstream operations, Shell; Christopher Beale, process safety expert, BASF and Jaap Koomen, general manager, Burgan Cape Terminals.
Within the conference programme and all-new for 2018 is the terminal of the future stream. This will cover digitalisation, the Internet of Things, drones in action at the terminal and ways to utilise 3D terminal modelling.
The programme will also have a dedicated session on safety, including ways to reduce incidents at the terminal, improving process safety at the terminal and lessons learnt from the chemical industry.
'Having spent time with our stakeholders understanding what they're looking to achieve by attending StocExpo Europe, we're delighted to be addressing these issues,' says Nick Powell, divisional director at Easyfairs. 'These include helping to recruit new talent through the Engineers of the Future zone, providing more information on new technologies via the Innovation Showcase and allowing brand new exhibitors to exhibit on the show floor via the Start Up Zone.'
StocExpo Europe will be held in Rotterdam on 20-22nd March. Following day one of the event will be the 2nd edition of the Global Tank Storage Awards. For more information and to register to exhibit or attend please visit www.stocexpo.com or contact Nick Powell on +44 (0)20 3196 4301.
Voting is now open for the 2018 Tank Storage Outstanding Achievement Award.
The award is the only one that is voted on by the industry. The other categories will be decided by the Tank Storage Awards panel of judges, consisting of representatives from BP, Oiltanking, LBC, Shell, VTTI, InterTerminals, Vopak & Koole.
The shortlist includes:
• Rutger van Thiel, CEO, Alkion Terminals
• Prakash Chopde, former chairman, Artson Engineering
• Walter Wattenbergh, group CEO, LBC Tank Terminals
• H.P.S. Ahuja, CEO, Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited
• Vikraman KK, general manager, Tristar Terminals Guam
• Thomas Overbeck, managing director, Timm Elektronik
Voting closes on the 9th February 2018.
To read the nominations in full and to vote visit: www.tankstoragemag.com/awards-vote/
Nominations are still open for other categories in the 2018 Global Tank Storage Awards. These include:
Excellence in terminal optimisation
Excellence in environmental protection technology
Most innovative technology
Best terminal supplier
Outstanding terminal safety technology award
Biggest commitment to environmental protection award
Safety excellence in bulk liquid storage award
Most efficient storage terminal award
Employee of the year award
Award for the best terminal to work for in 2018
The closing date for submitting a nomination for these categories is February 9, 2018. For more information, visit www.tankstoragemag.com/awards.
Solace Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on special situations investments has acquired CST Industries.
CST Industries, the world's largest and leading tank and dome manufacturer, provides storage systems, complementary or independent cover products, proprietary coating and lining services, field installation, inspection, maintenance and retrofit proficiency, to a wide range of end markets.
Christopher Brothers, managing partner at Solace, says: 'As global demand for storage tanks and covers increases, we believe CST is well positioned to leverage its scale, unique engineering and manufacturing experise, strong and growing order backlog and significantly strengthened balance sheet to meet the needs of its customers worldwide.'
Tim Carpenter, CEO of CST, adds: 'This is an exciting new chapter for our company. Over the past 18 months, we have made significant operational improvements across all facets of the business, enhancing our safety, quality, delivery, manufacturing proficiency, responsiveness and customer satisfaction.'
Alliance Tank Service (ATS) Group has bought Willbros Tank Services in a move to move to expand resources for steel tank construction and repair.
The expanded company will operate as ATS Group and will have offices in Cushing, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Channelview, Texas.
ATS president and CEO John Allcorn says: 'With the acquisition of Willbros Tank Services, we are excited to be able to offer our customers expanded resources for steel tank construction and tank repair.
'Combining Willbros' team with ATS', we'll be collectively stronger, safer, more reliable, and more responsive to customers. ATS' and Willbros' individual strengths will dovetail nicely and allow us to expand workflow and widen our geographical reach.'
Alliance Tank Service (ATS) is a turnkey tank service provider that offers aboveground storage tank construction, API 653 tank repairs, civil and structural engineering design, concrete foundation design, in-house drafting, cathodic protection, secondary containment, piping and consulting services.
SemGroup Corporation will sell its asphalt business SemMaterials Mexico to Ergon Asfaltos Mexico HC.
The assets include 14 in-country terminals and two national laboratories. It is the largest supply of liquid asphalt cement products and product application services in the country and had a presence in every Mexican territory.
SemGroup intends to use proceeds from the $70 million sale towards its capital raise plan associated with the acquisition of Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company, and to pre-fund capital growth projects.
President and CEO Carlin Conner says: 'Divesting these non-core legacy assets is an important step as we raise capital and clearly define our portfolio of uniquely-advantaged midstream services on the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent and in Canada.'
Zenith Energy has acquired a liquids storage terminal facility in Hamburg, Germany from Shell.
The facility, located on 55 hectares of land in the Port of Hamburg, serves as a refined product import and blending terminal in North Germany. It has an expected storage capacity of over 480,000 m3 for petrol, diesel and jet fuel. It also has inbound and outbound ocean vessel, barge, rail and truck and pipeline connectivity.
Following the transfer of ownership, Shell will remain a significant customer of the terminal.
The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018.
Jeffrey Armstrong, CEO of Zenith, says: 'This is a natural progression in our growth strategy and underscores our commitment to expand into key European markets. We are excited to be working with Shell.'
This acquisition represents Zenith's third terminal in Europe, with its other assets in Ireland and Amsterdam.
EVX Midstream Partners will build and operate a new crude oil gathering system in Texas.
The system in McMullen County is expected to be in service during the second quarter of 2018 and will comprise a gathering over 20,000 dedicated acres and a storage terminal with connectivity to Eagle Ford JV Pipeline.
The development also helps to position EVX for additional, long-term growth opportunities.
Herb Chambers IV, president and CEO of EVX, says: 'This new-build large diameter gathering system complements our existing assets, adds a substantial long-term acreage dedication to our portfolio and will ultimately allow us to serve a broader base of customers.
'We continue to evaluate additional Eagle Ford, Gulf Coast and Permian opportunities and look forward to executing our growth projects in 2018.'