Kinder Morgan's terminals' segment reported an increase in volumes of 5% in its first quarter 2018 financials.
Volumes across its network were up 11 million barrels compared to its first quarter 2017 financials including contributions from storage capacity increases in key liquid hubs. These include those along the Houston Ship Channel and Edmonton, Alberta, where it placed in-service the first six tanks of its 4.8 million-barrel Base Line Terminal crude oil merchant storage joint venture.
CEO Steve Kean says: 'Earnings were down 2% compared to the first quarter of 2017. Earnings from expansion projects, including new build Jones Act tankers, were slightly more than offset by divestitures, decreased contributions from existing Jones Act tankers driven by lower charter rates, and some softness in tank utilisation at our Staten Island, New York, and Harvey, Louisiana, locations, among other things.'
Total oil product stocks in Fujairah stood at 18.134 million barrels as of Monday, April 16, down 2.6% or 486,000 barrels from a week earlier, following a sharp draw in middle distillates stocks, according to the latest data from the Fujairah Energy Data Committee, or FEDCom.
Stocks of middle distillates were down by more than a quarter to 2.119 million barrels, the data showed. The Middle East gasoil market is currently seen as balanced to oversupplied, but the impending turnaround season at regional refineries has kept a lid on surplus barrels, keeping supply relatively balanced, S&P Global Platts Analytics said in a report. At the same time, sentiment in the jet fuel market has been stronger, driven by supply tightness for prompt barrels as a result of ongoing refinery turnarounds. Still-workable arbitrage economics are pushing jet fuel barrels from the Middle East and India to Europe, as well as from South Korea to the US west coast, Platts Analytics said.
A source at a Middle Eastern refiner noted that, while the European market had been encouraging for spot premiums, 'demand from Africa is also supportive'. Premiums for Arab Gulf Jet Kero were assessed at a five-week high of $1.60/b Tuesday. Stocks of light distillates edged up by 1.1 % week on week to 7.387 million barrels. Demand in the region is expected to pick up with the onset of Ramadan in mid-May. Premiums for Arab Gulf RON 95 petrol were at a three-month high of $2.75/b Tuesday. However, a sluggish market in Singapore should ensure the Middle East will have ample gasoline supplies available, which should in turn keep spot premiums from overheating, the report said.
PAKISTAN BOOST FOR FUJAIRAH FUEL OIL
Stocks of heavy distillates and residues also rose by 2% to 8.628 million barrels. Pakistan State Oil has tendered for six 180 CST cargoes of 70,000 mt each with maximum 3.5% sulfur for May delivery to Port Qasim. This is the first tender seen from PSO since January. The company halted fuel oil imports earlier this year due to the startup of a new LNG import terminal, but summer power sector demand could see Pakistan's imports continue over the next few months. The return of PSO to the fuel oil market should be a positive sign for Fujairah, which has historically been the key supply source for PSO's imports. Bunker demand in Fujairah remains sluggish, as higher crude prices have pushed the cost of delivered bunkers to $400/mt recently.
Saudi Aramco and Total have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a giant petrochemical complex in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
The complex will be integrated into the SATORP refinery, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Total, in a move designed to fully exploit operational synergies. This refinery, with a capacity of 440,000 barrels per day, is recognised as being one of the most efficient in the world.
The complex will comprise a world-size mixed-feed steam cracker with a capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per year of ethylene and related high-added-value petrochemical units.
The project will represent an investment of around $5 billion and the two companies are planning to start the front-end engineering and design in the third quarter of 2018.
The cracker will feed other petrochemical and specialty chemical plants representing an overall amount of $4 billion investment by third part investors.
Vopak is expanding its Botlek terminal in the Port of Rotterdam with 63,000 m3 of storage capacity for Styrene and other hazardous chemicals.
The expansion will add 15 stainless steel tanks for Styrene, which is used in the manufacturing of a wide range of consumer goods including packaging, construction and automotive.
The new infrastructure will be fully isolated to allow for product temperature control and is designed to prevent any emissions to the environment. It will connect seaborne trade flows via barges, block-trains and trucks to the European hinterland.
It is expected to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2020.
Vopak’s quarter one update reports that its occupancy rate is 87% compared to 91% in the first quarter of 2017 due to lower rented capacity at oil hub terminals caused by a less favourable market structure. Other product market segments show stable demand for storage services.
It reports an EBITDA of €190 million.
It says in the update that its 2018 financial performance is expected to be influenced by currency exchange movements of primarily the USD and SGD and the less favourable oil market structure, impacting occupancy rates and price levels in hub locations.
Vopak adds that, given the current 3.1 million m3 expansion programme with high commercial coverage, along with its ongoing cost efficiency programme, it has the potential to significantly improve the 2019 EBITDA, subject to market condition and currency exchange movements.
A new €40 million aviation fuel storage terminal has been opened at Dublin Airport.
The facility has six times the capacity of the original facility, with three new aviation fuel tanks capable of storing 15 million litres of fuel in total.
The project also includes connecting the fuel farm to a fuel hydrant system, which enables the fuel to be delivered directly into the aircraft via a hydrant dispenser that connects to a pit in the ground.
The new facility means that aircrafts can now be refuelled in less than half the time it took under the old system, and the number of fuel vehicles on the apron area has reduced by 50%.
The CLH Group was awarded the contract to design, finance, build, operate and transfer.
Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport managing director, says: 'The extra fuel storage capacity that this development brings is hugely welcome. The new fuel farm has brought significant efficiencies and benefits for our airline customers.'
Pakistan's largest and most advanced fuel storage facility has been officially opened at the New Islamabad International Airport.
The facility, which was inaugurated by Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, advisor to the prime minister on aviation division, is jointly developed by Pakistan State Oil and Attock Petroleum.
He said during the opening that the fuel facility was a big step forward in effectively meeting the growing fuelling needs of the aviation industry and was all set to serve the largest airport in Pakistan.
Th3e facility is equipped with robust storage capacity, maximum product pumping ability to refuel multiple aircrafts in minimal time and the latest detection, firefighting and alarm systems.
MD and CEO PSO Sheikh Imranul Haque said: 'We feel extremely delighted and proud in launching the country's largest and most advanced fuel farm facility at the largest and most advanced airport in Pakistan.'
Increased utilisation and ongoing operational enhancements will contribute towards steady performance improvements at Stolthaven Terminals.
The terminal division of Stolt Nielsen reports first quarter revenue of $62.5 million compared to $61.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Utilisation edged up and total product handled increased by12.9% in the first quarter, mainly attributed to normalisation of operations at Stolthaven Houston following Hurricane Harvey.
It reported first-quarter operating profit of $25.9 million, compared with $5.4 million in the fourth quarter. The increase mainly reflected $8.2 million of additional equity income resulting from a reduction of net deferred tax liabilities at its joint venture terminal in Antwerp in the first quarter, combined with the $8.4 million one-time impairment of assets at Stolthaven New Zealand in the previous quarter.
Growth in operating income also reflected higher equity income from Stolthaven's joint venture terminals in Ulsan, South Korea and Lingang, China.
Enterprise Products Partners will expand its marine terminal on the Houston Ship Channel after purchasing a 65-acre waterfront site.
The Enterprise Hydrocarbon Terminal currently comprises two existing docks, dredging infrastructure that will be utilised for maintenance and dock expansion at the site, and land for significantly expanding its marine terminalling capabilities.
Future expansion plans include construction of at least two deepwater docks capable of accommodating Suezmax vessels.
A.J 'Jim' Teague, CEO of Enterprise's general partner, says: 'As one of the last waterfront properties for sale adjacent to our existing shop channel assets, this strategic acquisition complements our world-class EHT marine terminal and strengthens our position as an industry leader in providing waterborne access.
'The growth opportunities available at the 65-acre site enhance our ability to accommodate growing US hydrocarbon production, which is increasingly destined for global markets.'
The newly acquired assets will be part of Enterprise's premier Gulf Coast network of marine terminals that includes 18 ship docks, and eight barge docks.
SemGroup has completed the sale of its UK petroleum storage business to Valero Logistics UK.
SemGroup intends to use the processes from the sale of its SemLogistics business unit towards its capital raise plan and to pre-fund capital growth projects.
'The sale of our UK petroleum storage facility is an important achievement in our strategy to simplify our portfolio and focus on the North American growth areas we have identified along the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent and Canada,' says SemGroup president and CEO Carlin Conner.
Sempra Energy plans to develop, build and operate a liquid fuels marine terminal at the La Jobita Energy Hub in Ensenada, Mexico
The Baja Refinados terminal will be a receipt, storage and send-out facility operated by Infraestructura Energética Nova, a subsidiary of Sempra.
It will have an initial storage capacity of one million barrels of petrol and diesel that will increase the fuel supply capacity and reliability in Baja California. It will cost around $130 million and operations are expected to start in the second half of 2020.
IEnova also announced it has signed a long-term contact with Chevron Combustibles de Mexico for 50% of the facility's storage and send-out capacity to supply Chevron service stations and other commercial and industrial consumers in the region.
Chevron will have the option to acquire 20% equity ownership of the facility after commercial operations begin.
IEnova will be responsible for the development of the liquid fuels terminal project, including obtaining permits, engineering, procurement, construction and financing, as well as maintenance and operations.
Avant Energy will invest an additional $300 million in the Mexican SUPERA system, which comprises a network of storage terminals.
Luis Farias, Avant Energy CEO made the announcement as the first stone of SUPERA (Altamira-Bajio Petroleum Supply System) at the marine terminal in Altamira, Tamaulipas. Avant Energy initially estimated its investment at $200 million but has increased it to $500 million.
Farias explained that $260 million will be allocated to increase the operating capacity of the terminals that make up the network, while the rest will concentrate on maintaining a strategic inventory of hydrocarbons.
‘We estimate that only in Altamira the investment will reach $200 million, while in Queretaro, we will allocate another $60 million.
‘In addition to the investment in fixed assets, working capital is required to buy and inventory the petroleum products, as well as to give credit to customers, this initial capital is around an additional $250 million.’
Mexico’s energy secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell adds that SUPERA will help increase energy security and highlights how efficient the system will be. ‘Under the previous model, prior to the energy reform, private investment was limited to modernise and expand infrastructure, which put national energy security at risk, our current inventory level is only three days of sales, well below the world standard that is 30 days,’ he says.
Crude oil production in the Federal Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is expected to continue increasing in 2018 and 2019.
According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), US crude oil production in GOM increased slightly in 2017, reaching 1.65 million barrels per day. This is the highest annual level on record despite being briefly hindered by platform outages and pipeline issues.
In the EIA's short-term energy outlook, it expects the GOM to account for 16% of total US crude oil production in each year.
Based on expected production levels at new and existing field, annual crude oil production in the GOM will increase to an average of 1.7 million barrels per day in 2018 and 1.8 million barrels per day in 2019.
In 2016, producers brought seven new projects and expansions online and ramped up production in 2017, collectively contributing to an average of 126,000 barrels per day of production in 2017.
Producers expect four new projects to come online in 2018 and six more in 2019.
Several oil companies are looking at the possibility of building an onshore oil storage terminal.
Reuters reports that Norway's oil minister Terje Soeviknes telling a news conference that Statoil, Eni, Lundin and OMV are investigating either an onshore facility for ship-to-ship transfers or a storage terminal.
Statoil scrapped plans for an onshore terminal to reduce the Arctic Johan Sverdrup oilfield's costs.
Soeviknes is quoted saying: 'I think it's important that operators investigate all possibilities and find a profitable solution both for the companies and society.'
Saudi Aramco and a consortium of Indian oil companies have signed a MoU to develop and build an integrated mega refinery and petrochemicals complex in Maharashtra, India.
The strategic partnership which includes Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, brings together crude supply, resources, technologies and expertise from multiple oil companies.
A pre-feasibility study for the refinery has been completed and the parties are finalising the project's overall configuration. They will also discuss the formation of a joint venture.
The refinery will be capable of processing 1.2 million barrels of crude oil per day and will produce a range of refined petroleum products. The refinery will also provide feedstock for the integrated petrochemical complex.
The project – Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemicals - will also include a cracker, downstream petrochemical facilities, logistics, crude oil and product storage terminals as well as associated infrastructure.
It is estimated to cost $44 billion.
Saudi Aramco president and CEO Amin Nasser says: 'Investing in India is a key part of our company's global downstream strategy, and another milestone in our growing relationship with India. Participating in this mega project will allow Saudi Aramco to go beyond our crude oil supplier role to a fully integrated position that may help usher in other area's of collaboration, such as refining, marketing and petrochemicals for India's future energy demands.'
The first shipment of crude oil by Suezmax tanker has taken place at Buckeye's Texas hub terminal.
The facility along the ship channel in the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas recently underwent modifications to allow the terminal to berth Suezmax class vessels, enabling an incremental one million barrels of crude oil to be exported each month for the terminal.
The Suezmax Mt Astra was chartered by Motiva Enterprises.
Khalid Muslih, executive vice president of Buckeye and president of global marine terminals, says: 'Buckeye Texas Hub has become a premier location providing marine terminal services, allowing growing US energy exports access to global markets.
'We are very excited to have reached this milestone and look forward to additional opportunities to partner with Trafigura to further expand the terminal's capabilities and serve the region's rapidly growing energy production.'
Corey Prologo, head of oil trading and director for Trafigura, which owns 20% of the facility, adds: 'North American supplies have launched the US onto the world stage as a new rude provider. Upgrading the terminal's deep-water docks at Corpus Christi will help us to meet the growing demand for this product from European refineries and Far East refineries and petrochemical plants.'