Marathon Petroleum and Andeavor Logistics have entered into a definitive merger agreement where Marathon will acquire Andeavor in a unit-for-unit transaction.
This agreement represents an equity value of $9 billion and an enterprise value of $14 billion for the acquired entity. The transaction has been unanimously approved by Marathon and Andeavor's boards of directors. Subject to conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2019.
The combination will enhance commercial opportunities building on Marathon's strong footprint in the Marcellus and deepening the presence in the Permian. Marathon's focus will continue to be providing services with stable. Fee-based cash flows, expanding export capabilities and leveraging existing assets for third-party business. Additionally, the broader footprint enhances the ability to combine commercial efforts and selectively deploy capital towards the highest return projects with strategic importance.
Gary R. Heminger, chairman and CEO, says: 'The combined entity will have an expanded geographic footprint which we believe enhances our long-term growth opportunities and the sustainable cash flow profile of the business. We are confident about the midstream growth and value-creation opportunities that exist across this combined platform in the best basins in the US.'
Jay Leduc and Kevin Maloney explain how a 150-year-old energy company advanced sustainability efforts and reduced utility costs by applying thin, flexible solar panels to Sprague’s existing petroleum tanks – and share how other tank owners can do the same.
The energy industry is evolving quickly, and the desire to improve sustainability is greater than ever. Sprague Operating Resources and Picktricity teamed up recently to help tank storage owners more easily increase sustainability while also saving money.
HOW IT STARTED
Picktricity, a Massachusetts-based installer of thin-film solar panels, originally approached Sprague to apply the adhesive solar panels to one of Sprague's tanks in 2017. The thin-film panels, unique in that they can be directly applied to flat surfaces, are significantly more flexible and lighter in weight than traditional panels, which also require the additional weight of metal racking or concrete ballasts for installation.
Sprague, a well-known pioneer in the energy industry, agreed to a pilot programme and quickly saw positive results.
'We put the panels on a typical storage tank to see if we could use our existing assets to generate energy savings while enhancing our sustainability efforts,' says Jay Leduc, managing director of sustainability at Sprague. 'With the pilot project generating annual savings, we are excited to roll this out on many more of our tanks and take advantage of greater savings and possible revenue generation.'
Founded in 1870, Sprague, a subsidiary of Sprague Resource, has a long history of evolving to meet customers’ changing energy needs. Sprague was the first to bring ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel to the Northeast in 2000, and the first BQ9000 biodiesel certified marketer in the US.
With more than 20 refined products and materials handling locations in the Northeast, Picktricity knew Sprague would be a great partner to help promote the thin-film solar panels.
‘Sprague’s proven ability to anticipate and stay ahead of market changes aligns exactly with our vision,’ saya Kevin Maloney, founder and chief executive officer at Picktricity. ‘They have the deep industry knowledge and relationships, and we have the solar installation expertise with best-in-class thin-film solar technology. We’re excited to collaborate to bring great opportunities for sustainability and electricity cost savings to the energy industry and beyond.’
Picktricity is an industry expert for thin-film solar installations and has strong relationships with flexible panel manufacturers around the world. On solar tank projects, working with Picktricity offers unique procurement and cost advantages to storage tank owners, which is particularly important in the current market environment.
WHY STORAGE TANK OWNERS ARE PAYING ATTENTION
While many options for improving sustainability come with high costs and significant changes to processes, flexible solar panels can work with existing tank infrastructure with minimal investment and offer multiple benefits.
First and foremost, the addition of the flexible solar panels to tanks can help lower operating costs. The solar panels can be used to generate electricity for the terminal itself, largely reducing what is typically a major line item on any terminal budget. In some markets, they can even be set up to generate revenue by selling electricity back to the grid.
Additionally, the flexible solar panels benefit tank owners by helping them achieve the sustainability goals set by internal or external parties often without a major capital investment or interruption in operations. Stakeholders have
an increasing interest in learning more about how energy companies are improving their sustainability. Terminal operators, in turn, want to meet stakeholder expectations and give back to the communities where they live and work. Embracing solar energy can help strengthen those relationships while moving the company forward.
MOVING AHEAD WITH SOLAR TANKS
After realising the benefits at its own terminal, and recognising the opportunity to help expand sustainability efforts across the industry, Sprague began partnership talks with Picktricity to expand the use of the technology not only on its own storage tanks, but also to offer the solution to other terminal operators throughout the US.
’Sprague is pleased to develop a partnership focused on renewable energy,’ says David Glendon, president and chief executive officer at Sprague. ‘The flexible solar panels are an excellent way for us to expand our sustainability efforts while leveraging our existing infrastructure.’
The best way to maximise the opportunity is to apply the thin-film flexible panels on multiple tanks.
‘We see tanks as blank canvases for sustainability and operational efficiency,’ Leduc adds. ‘We’re excited to see multiple solar tank installations happening together at various locations to maximise the opportunity for cost savings and greater sustainability.’
With deep industry knowledge and experience installing the strips on a variety of flat surfaces, Sprague and Picktricity are well positioned to help terminal owners choose locations where the flexible thin-film product will have the most impact.
‘Many of the options available allow terminal owners to receive power savings and environmental benefits without the requirement of significant capital investment,’ says Glendon.
’Throughout our history, we’ve enjoyed success adapting our products and services to the evolving energy needs of our customers. Sustainable energy solutions, whether they are adding biofuels or renewable diesel, supporting wind installations, or providing turnkey solar solutions, simply make sense.’
Picktricity offers a full suite of solar solutions, including connecting customers to project financing options, which can minimise or eliminate the capital cost of the installation.
Leduc and Maloney will be speaking more about using solar technology to maximise assets and improve sustainability at the ILTA conference on June 3-4 in Houston, Texas. For more information visit www.ilta.org/AOCTS.
Odfjell Terminals has reported an increase in its EBITDA as it experiences stable utilisation and performance during the first quarter of 2019.
The terminal division of Odfjell SE reported EBITDA of $7 million compared to $5 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Odfjell Terminals says that its EBITDA margins continue to improve, and it is reaching utilisation levels seen before the restructuring of its terminal division where the divested terminals were large contributors to lift overall margins.
Lindsay Goldburg's transaction with Nortleaf Capital Partners is expected to close during the first half of 2019 and Lindsay Goldburg has initiated the sales process for Odfjell Terminals Asia. The company says it will review future investment plans in Odfjell Terminals US once Lindsay Goldburg's transaction with Northleaf is concluded.
Odfjell Terminals' headquarters in Rotterdam will close in June and will be relocated to Odfjell SE's headquarters in Bergen, which will result in lower costs.
The company says it expects stable results from Odfjell Terminals for the remainder of 2019.
Pedro Miras, chairman of the Spanish Strategic Petroleum Reserves Corporation explains the importance of the strategic storage of petroleum products in the event of a crisis
For more than 40 years, security of supply has been a central topic in the energy debate among hydrocarbon importing countries. In 1974, in direct response to the oil crisis of 1973, which followed the interruption in supply declared by OPEC, the International Energy Agency (IEA) was created with the objective of ensuring the security of energy supply. Its member states actively commit to maintaining stocks of crude oil equivalent to 90 days' net imports, along with the implementation of joint action in the event of an interruption or scarcity of supply.
Over the course of its history, the IEA has activated its emergency procedures three times due to major interruptions in supply: during the first Gulf War in 1991, following the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and during the 2011 civil conflict in Libya.
In 1991, in the wake of the Gulf War, the IEA implemented a contingency plan for 2.5 million barrels per day over 15 days, most of which came from a release of stocks.
The second intervention occurred in 2005, following the devastating effects of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which destroyed practically the entire petroleum industry infrastructure around the Gulf of Mexico. The 26 IEA member states at the time combined to release the equivalent of 60 million barrels into the market (2 million barrels a day for 30 days), through a combination of emergency response measures involving the use of security reserves, increasing their own production and restricting demand.
The last release of emergency stocks took place in June 2011, when maximum seasonal demand coincided with the interruption of crude oil supply from Libya, which was in a civil war. On this occasion, 60 million barrels were released from the strategic reserves of eight member countries of the IEA, equivalent to 2 million barrels per day for a period of 30 days.
The issue of security of supply has relevance in Spain, given that the level of self-sufficiency in both oil and natural gas is below 1%. Spain has a combined security of supply system, in which responsibility for maintaining hydrocarbon stocks is shared between its Central Stockholding Entity, CORES (Corporación de Reservas Estratégicas de Productos Petrolíferos), and the oil and gas industry.
The combined system of dividing emergency reserves between an agency and the industry presents several advantages. On one hand it allows greater control of the reserves as they are mostly located within a single entity. On the other hand, it externalises industry debt - as the industry is not obliged to maintain all emergency stocks. This solution also reduces the financial costs, as the agency has greater access to credit, and provides improved flexibility when release for consumption becomes necessary.
CORES was established in 1995, as part of a process of liberalising the Spanish petroleum sector. Its principal mission is to constitute, maintain and manage strategic reserves of oil products and control the minimum security stocks held by the industry. Due to the information that all hydrocarbon sector entities are obliged to provide by law, CORES is also the leading statistics and official information source in the hydrocarbon sector in Spain.
CORES' main objective is to ensure the continued security of supply in Spain. The minimum level of petroleum stocks that must be maintained is 92 days of consumption: 50 are held by CORES and the remaining 42 days by the industry. In addition, the industry is obliged to maintain 20 days' consumption supplies of both LPG and natural gas. One of the main roles of CORES is to monitor stock reserve obligations by the industry.
In the event of a supply crisis, whether national or international, CORES will coordinate the release for consumption of the necessary stocks under the supervision of the Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition. During the last IEA collective action in June 2011, CORES oversaw the release of 2.3 days of petroleum products reserves from the industry and recovered their obligation of 50 days' stocks within a year.
The level of strategic reserves depends on the national consumption of petroleum products. The peak oil demand in Spain was achieved in 2008, with 75 million tonnes. In 2018 demand has been less than 60 million tonnes, and it seems unlikely that Spain will achieve the maximum value once again. In the same way, the importance of petroleum in worldwide energy consumption has declined considerably over the last few years, from 46% of the total in 19801 to 34% in 20172.
Nevertheless, oil will remain important in the coming years. According to different forecasts, fossil fuels will continue as the energy base in the medium term, in almost all cases covering around three quarters. In this way, oil will continue to account between one quarter and one third of the worldwide energy consumption, from 23% in 2040 according to the sustainable development scenario of the IEA World Energy Outlook 2018, to 28% according to the OPEC World Oil Outlook 2018.
Oil demand will vary based on fluctuations in the economy, environmental policies and energy efficiency, and oil security of supply systems will vary accordingly. However, the future of this sector is exposed to many uncertainties: mobility models, environmental regulation, consumption mix, digital and new technologies, or new competitive dynamics in the industry, among others. The only certainty is the existence of a challenge to be faced.
In this future scenario, monitoring the demand evolution will be key to detect changes in market trends and in emergency reserves, as demand is the base of the security of supply systems in non-producing countries, such as Spain. Therefore, information is an important element of security, and it will be an essential tool to adapt to the changing environment.
Miras will be speaking more about the security of supply and the role of strategic storage during the FETSA conference on June 12 in Tarragona. For more information visit the event website.
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Alkion Terminals has completed a landmark refinancing of its debt facilities from a group of blue-chip international lenders.
The term loans and ancillary facilities amount to €255 million and refinance the previous financing package of existing €185 million raised in 2017. The new debt structure was structured at platform level and comprises refinancing a ten-year institutional load private placed with funds managed by UBS Asset Management as well as seven-year bank loan term loan and ancillaries provided by Credit Agricole CIB, BNPP, Allied Irish Bank and Siemens.
Rutger Van Thiel, CEO of Alkion Terminals, says: 'This level of refinancing recognises the positive performance of Alkion Terminals since its inception in 2016. The support of such a high-profile group of international lenders is a testament to the quality of our business whilst the structure in place provides the operational flexibility to continue supporting our client driven investment needs and growing the platform with additional bolt-on acquisitions.'
Axpo and German LNG Terminal have signed a heads of agreement for a long-term capacity contract for the LNG terminal in Brunsbuettel in northern Germany.
Axpo's LNG services include physical LNG supply, diversion rights, profit sharing, financial hedging structures, cancellation options and access to the most important international trade markets. Axpo's growing LNG portfolio includes long-term natural gas supplies, a 5% stake in the Trans Adriatic Pipeline and distribution channels in most European countries.
Domenico De Luca, head business area trading & sales and member of the executive committee of Axpo Group, says: 'Axpo has been active in global LNG markets for nine years now and offers tailor-made physical LNG supply and hedging solutions. Our LNG business is one of our most important strategic growth areas: With the shutdown of numerous coal-fired power plants expected in the medium term, LNG is expected to gain further importance as an energy source and will be able to increase its market share in Europe.
'Our goal is to further optimise the delivery of LNG to our customers together with German LNG Terminal.'
Rolf Brouwer, managing director of German LNG Terminal, adds: 'We continue to powerfully move forward with the realisation of our terminal project. Obviously, an increasing number of market players are convinced of the future relevance of LNG for the German energy market and rely on our concept of a multi-service terminal with an independent terminal operator. Jointly with our terminal customers, we will contribute to an efficient and long-term energy supply to German customers.'
In spring 2019, the terminal will apply for the required permit for the terminal, with the investment decision scheduled for the end of 2019. Once the permits are received, construction work will start in 2020, with the terminal being operational by the end of 2022.
The Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline has announced a new pipeline project to support crude oil production in northern Weld Country, Colorado.
The Hereford project will include approximately 30 miles of new 12-inch pipeline, as well as expanded capacity on the Pony Express system.
Sufficient interest arose during the Pony Express’ existing open season for expansion capacity from origin points in Colorado and Wyoming to destinations along the system to justify the Hereford project as a stand-alone project.
The new pipeline, the Hereford Lateral, will connect crude oil gathering facilities and/or terminal facilities near Hereford, Colorado, with existing Pony Express facilities located near the Pawnee origin facility in Weld County. Pony Express expects the Hereford Lateral to be in-service by July 2019, and the expansion capacity on the existing Pony Express system to be in-service by May 2020 – both ahead of the larger Pony Express system expansion.
A limited open system has been launched for the Hereford project. It will close on May 15.
Chevron USA has completed the acquisition of the Pasadena Refining System from Petrobras America for $350 million.
The refining system is a 466-acre complex in Pasadena, Texas and adds a second refinery to Chevron USA's Gulf Coast downstream business, which also includes a refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
The refinery has the capacity to process 110,000 barrels per day of light crude, direct pipeline connections to increasing industry and equity crude oil production, connections to major product pipelines, and dock access to receive and ship crude oil and refined products.
It includes a tank terminal with storage capacity of 5.1 million barrels of crude oil and refined products, as well as 143 acres of additional land.
Mark Nelson, Chevron's executive vice president for downstream and chemicals, says: 'This acquisition builds on the strength of our existing Gulf Coast business, enabling us to supply more of our retail market in the region with Chevron-produced products, and positions us for connectivity to our strong upstream assets in the Permian Basin.'
ExxonMobil has announced plans to invest $2 billion to expand its Baytown, Texas chemical plant, which will allow the company to enter the linear alpha olefins market.
The expansion, which is expected to start up in 2022, includes a new Vistamaxx performance polymer unit, which produces products that offer higher levels of elasticity, softness and flexibility. The new unit will produce about 400,000 tonnes of Vistamaxx polymers a year.
In addition, ExxonMobil will be able to enter the linear alpha olefins market. The new unit will produce about 350,000 tonnes of linear alpha olefins a year.
The facility is the largest integrated petrochemical complex in the US and is one of the most technologically advanced refining and petrochemical complexes in the world.
Darren w. Woods, ExxonMobil chairman and CEO, says: 'Our Baytown chemical expansion will put us in a solid position to maximise the value of increased Permian Basin production and will deliver higher demand, higher value products produced at our Gulf Coast refining and chemical facilities.
'Global demand for chemicals is expected to be greater than energy demand growth and GDP growth over the next 20 years.'
As of Monday, April 29 total oil product stocks in Fujairah stood at 25.749 million barrels hitting a fresh record high over last week's stock levels. Overall product stocks rose 2% adding 496,000 barrels largely led by a build of over 1 million barrels in the light product stocks. Stock reporting began at the start of 2017.
Stocks of light distillates rose by 1,140 million barrels adding 10.5% week on week. Total volumes stood at 11.975 million barrels, the highest level since January 28, when they stood at the same level. Despite the stock build, market participants were pointing to a supported market for gasoline with summer driving season said to have started to arrive. The 92 RON physical gasoline crack to front month ICE Brent futures stood at $6.69/b on Tuesday, reflecting a fall of $0.17/b week on week.
Stocks of middle distillates were largely unchanged edging down 1,000 barrels to stand at 1.992 million barrels showing a fall of 0.1%. The steady stock level was echoed in the market dynamics in Asia with market participants observing a steady gasoil market as impending turnarounds helped temper the supply overhang.
Stocks of heavy distillates fell 5.2%, falling by 643,000 barrels on the week to stand at 11.782 million barrels. Bunker traders in Fujairah pointed to ample supply available in the port as a factor keeping ex-wharf premiums under some pressure. 'There are still a lot of cargo avails and bunker premiums are still very low,' a trader said. The ex-wharf 380 CST bunker fuel premium over the Mean of Platts Arab Gulf 180 CST assessments stood at $1/mt on Tuesday.
Jorge Lanza, CEO of the CLH Group explains how the company has embarked on a series of development projects to ensure it remains relevant amid the global energy transition
Storage terminal operators are currently facing new changes in our environment owing to the energy transition and digitisation of the economy, which will have an impact on our business models and our customers'.
As a result of these new challenges, CLH is executing its strategic plan, which aims to ensure the company's sustainability in the long term through three main goals: leaner and more efficient ways of working; bigger focus on meeting new customer needs by developing new services that maintain current operational excellence; and progressively diversifying its operations in new logistic activities and international markets, which already represent 14% of the company's revenue.
The world in light of the climate change challenge
As stated by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its World Energy Outlook 2018, the world is trying to gradually transform the energy system to try and solve the unavoidable challenge of preventing climate change and reducing urban pollution, at the same time as improving the quality of life of millions of people who still do not have access to electricity or who rely on the traditional use of solid biomass as a cooking fuel.
In any of the scenarios envisaged by the IEA, including that of sustainable development, oil will continue to play an essential role, especially in the petrochemical and transportation sector, as it cannot yet be replaced by other energies. There is still room for its use, and it can contribute to reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
The CLH Group is committed to take part in the fight against climate change and play a relevant role during this change period. In order to achieve this, the company is working along four strategic lines: reducing the environmental impact of its operations and its energy consumption; continue to provide efficient access to energy in those countries where there is currently none or is not optimal by applying latest technologies; continue to grow in aviation fuel supply; and actively participate in developing the infrastructures that the new energy solutions will require.
Present and future
Currently, CLH manages 40 oil product terminals in the Iberian Peninsula, including those located at the main ports of Spain (Bilbao, Barcelona, Cartagena, Algeciras and Huelva), where it is making major investments to upgrade service levels and offer the possibility of differentiated storage to its customers.
It recently launched its digital strategy, enabling the company to effectively apply new technologies into its operations, improve the way it works and offer more efficient services and increasingly adapted to its customers' needs.
In order to achieve a wider customer portfolio, it has invested heavily in its waterborne terminals. It has focused on achieving greater flexibility and speed, which are demanded by the increasing international movement of oil and chemical products. As an example of this, CLH operates its network of terminals and loading racks distributed across the whole Spanish territory from a single central control room.
In Barcelona, the company has recently invested more than €10 million to expand and make its terminal more flexible. After such expansion, the CLH plant at Barcelona Port has 44 tanks with a total capacity of nearly 500,000 m3, two berths with a draught of 13.5 m and 11.56 m, each equipped with six automated loading and discharge arms with a flow rate of 1,500 m3 per hour, and another berth for barges with two arms, in addition to differentiated systems that allow the management of several different products simultaneously.
Its versatile facility at Bilbao Port has eight tanks, fully drainable and completely segregated, two of which have a heating system and six of which are equipped with a floating screen, totalling a capacity of over 114,000 m3, and two berths for vessels with SDW of up to 115,000 tonnes and a pumping capacity of 2,000 m3 per hour.
These two facilities, together with the plants located at the ports of Huelva and Cartagena, are connected to a pipeline network of over 4,000 kilometres managed by the company, which offers great flexibility and operational capacity.
The CLH Group also has an important pipeline and storage terminal network in the UK, where it offers a wide range of logistics services for the storage and transportation of different oil products, particularly aviation fuel.
CLH has also entered into direct agreements with several airlines for into-plane fuelling services thanks to our ability to adapt to the specific needs of each customer and the digitisation of our operations.
In addition, it continues to progress its international expansion plan and last year it started our commercial operations in America, by operating all Panama airports. CLH Aviation Ireland recently inaugurated a new fuel farm and the first section of the new hydrant network at Dublin airport as part of a renovation project. It also commissioned a new logistics pipeline and terminal network in 2018 in Oman in cooperation with Orpic, and it signed an agreement with Mexican company HST to build and operate a new oil product storage facility located in the metropolitan area of Mexico valley.
As a result of all these projects, CLH has positioned itself to continue playing a relevant role in the energy logistics sector by adapting the company to the new environment created by the energy transition.
Lanza will be speaking more on adapting oil logistics to the energy transition on the morning of the first day of the FETSA conference and exhibition on 12th June. For more information and to book your seat at the conference, visit the event website.
The first 15-metre-draught vessel arrived at Koole Tankstorage Botlek, officially opening the newly deepened Nieuwe Waterweg.
The completion of the project represents an important improvement for the accessibility of the Botlek and the competitive position of the Port of Rotterdam. It allows new Panamax and Aframax ships to navigate the Nieuwe Waterweg without any restrictions.
John Kraakman, CEO of Koole Terminals, says: ‘The deepening enables us to serve our clients at our terminals better. It will result in further improvements in logistics as fewer ship movements will be needed. This also improves the logistics chain’s carbon footprint and lower logistics costs throughout the chain and will continue to improve the competitiveness of clients connected to us.’
Ronald Paul, COO at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, says: ‘The deepening enables Rotterdam to improve its competitive position and modernise the Botlek into an area in which the latest bulk carriers and chemical tankers feel just as at home as the largest container ships on Maasvlakte 2.’
Petronas LNG has announced it now offers commercial gassing up and cooling down services at the LNG Regasification Terminal Pengerang in collaboration with Pengerang LNG.
The recent completion of the services for Petronas vessel Puteri Zamrud Satu marks a significant milestone for gassing up and cooling down at the terminal. The operation signifies the first of many potential utilisation of gassing up and cooling down services at the terminal by other LNG operators and owners due to its strategic location along the Straits of Johor.
Gassing up and cooling down is a specialised service to displace the inert gas from the LNG vessel’s storage tanks and it is cooled down to cryogenic temperature.
Petronas LNG CEO Ezhar Yazid Jaafar says: ‘The gassing up and cooling down services at the terminal solidifies Petronas’ position as a progressive LNG solutions partner, offering flexible and diversified solutions to cater to the needs of our growing customers’ requirements.’
Bladt Industries and Port of Frederikshavn have reached an agreement for the construction of a new oil terminal but in the new part of the port.
As previously reported, the new terminal will be operated by Stena Oil and is in direct response to the IMO 2020 sulphur fuel cap.
Under the multi million DKK contract, Bladt will deliver everything from design and construction to commissioning the port's new terminal, including installations, dewatering, concrete, tanks, pipeline, electricity, control and automation work.
It will comprise 11 storage tanks with a total capacity of 74,400 m3 for maritime products and wastewater. It will be Scandinavia's largest plant. In addition, loading facilities, pumping stations, and pipeline systems will be established for import and export of both marine diesel and heavy fuel, central heating systems, and staff facilities.
Mikkel Seedorff Sørensen, CEO at the Port of Frederiskhavn, says: 'We have in cooperation with Stena Oil been in close negotiation with Bladt Industries and we are pleased to have reached an agreement with Bladt for the construction of the new terminal. We are pleased to sign with Bladt Industries, due to their many years of experience within the construction of terminals. We are looking forward to start the construction stage and not least the commissioning of the terminal by the end of 2020.'
Planning work has already started, and the terminal will be finished and ready for operation by the end of 2020. Jonas Persson, managing director of Stena Oil, says: 'We are delighted that the Port of Frederikshavn has closed a turnkey construction deal with such a well reputed company as Bladt Industries. This new state-of-the-art bunker terminal is a key component in our preparation for the post IMO 2020 market.'
Venture Global plans to build a third LNG export facility on the Gulf Coast with associated pipeline infrastructure.
Delta LNG in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, will have a peak capacity to process 24 million metric tonnes of LNG.
The company has filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start permitting the project along with a 287-mile pipeline called Delta Express Pipeline, which will connect Perryville, Louisiana to the LNG facility.
If the process goes smoothly, the facility could be operational by November 2024. Venture Global will file formal plans with FERC in November 2019.
Sinopec has started operations at its new Wen 23 underground gas storage facility in Puyang, northern Henan.
According to S&P Global Platts, the company has started sending natural gas imported from its Tianjin LNG terminal to the new facility through its Ordo-Anping-Cangzhou gas pipeline.
The facility comprises 10.4-Bcm of gas storage and is the largest in China's central and eastern regions. It is set to boost Sinopec's gas supply optionality and flexibility in northeast China, which is a key LNG consumption centre.
The facility was rebuilt from an exhausted gas field and put into operation in March 2019. It is also connected to Sinopec's Yulin-Jinan and Puyang-Kaifeng gas pipelines in northern China.
As of Monday, April 22 total oil product stocks in Fujairah stood at 25.253 million barrels hitting a fresh record high, with the last high recorded week of April 8th of 25.088 million barrels. Overall product stocks rose 2.9% adding 705,000 barrels largely led by a build in residual product stocks. Stock reporting began at the start of 2017.
Stocks of light distillates fell for the third consecutive week falling 3.1% week on week. Total volumes fell 347,000 barrels to stand at 10.835 million barrels. This is the first time since March 11 they have stood below 11 million barrels. A falling gasoline crack was seen as evidence of some weakness in the Asian gasoline market, despite steady fundamentals in recent days. The 92 RON physical gasoline crack to front-month ICE Brent futures stood at $6.86/b on Tuesday, reflecting a fall of $0.78/b week on week and the first time since early April it has stood below $7/b.
Stocks of middle distillates rose by 32,000 barrels hitting 1.993 million barrels showing a build of 1.6%. This is the first time they have stood under 2 million barrels since March 4. Despite turnarounds across Asia, poor demand was seen as weighing on sentiment. 'Gasoil demand this year is really weak, despite the turnaround season and the spot market is trading at a discount,' a trader said.
Stocks of heavy distillates rose 8.9%, adding 1.020 million barrels on the week to stand at 12.425 million barrels. This is the second highest stock level recorded, with the record high of 13.456 million barrels seen on July 17, 2017. Demand for bunkers in Fujairah was seen to have picked up by Tuesday having slowed at the start of the week on an uptick in the flat price of bunkers driven by higher crude prices. 380 CST Fujairah delivered bunkers rose to a close to one month high premium to Singapore of $4.75/mt with the same premium seen on March 27. The premium was last higher on December 21, 2018 when a premium of $5.25/mt was seen. Delivered bunkers in the Middle Eastern port assessed on Tuesday at $437.75/mt.
The International Energy Agency confirms that global oil markets are now adequately supplied and that global spare production capacity remains at comfortable levels.
As a result of OPEC's high compliance rate with the agreed supply cuts in the OPEC+ group, global spare production capacity has risen to 3.3 mb/d, with 2.2 mb/d held by Saudi Arabia and around 1 mb/d by the UAE, Iraq and Kuwait.
Saudi Arabia's output in March dropped to 9.8 mb/d after it cut far more than required under the supply cuts. This is more than 1 mb/d below the record high of 11.1 mb/d that Saud Arabia pumped last November.
Total oil supplies from the US are expected to grow by 1.6 mb/d this year. And as infrastructure bottlenecks in the US are easing, oil exports are now more able to keep pace with production trends.
OECD oil inventories at the end of February 2019 were at 2,871 million barrels, which is above the five-year average.
The IEA says that with global economic growth increasingly fragile, consumers and producers should take steps to avoid higher oil procies that will prove painful to all.
The June/July edition of Tank Storage Magazine will feature exclusive interviews with storage operators from across Europe and the US.
This edition of the magazine, which is the only magazine in delegate bags and on conference desks at the ILTA conference and exhibition in Houston, Texas, will focus on storage and energy markets in the Americas.
We speak to Howard Energy Partners about how it is creating unique storage opportunities on the US Gulf Coast with a series of storage terminal expansions plus, executives at Sentinel Midstream explain more about its new US deepwater crude oil export facility – Texas GulfLink.
We also provide a comprehensive update of the largest US regulations storage operators need to know about as well as looking at how US coastal trends are influencing storage infrastructure build outs.
Our dedicated biofuels section, featuring interviews with Tepsa and Vesta, examines how both companies are investing in infrastructure improvements to serve this growing product segment.
In addition to exclusive conference distribution at the ILTA, this issue will also be the only magazine distributed to all European terminal operators at the FETSA AGM conference & exhibition.
It will also be distributed on conference desks at the Argus Mediterranean Storage and Logistics Conference in Malta and is gold media partner for the Global Petroleum Show in Canada.
To get your company in this edition, contact David Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org.
Automation solutions provider Agidens has been announced as the lead sponsor at this year's FETSA AGM conference and exhibition in Tarragona, Spain.
The two day event, June 12-13 is the only event of its kind to be run directly by tank terminal operators.
FETSA is the umbrella association for all European national tank storage associations and between them the associations represent 85 million m3 of independent storage capacity.
The conference & exhibition is held the day after the association's Annual General Meeting (AGM), guaranteeing that all the major European terminal operators will be present. The event includes a networking lunch & dinner, a port tour of Tarragona and a site visit to Repsol's storage facility.
Key speakers at this year's event include Blanca André Ordax from the European Commission, Jorge Lanza Perea, CEO of CLH, Giorgia Manno, Senior Policy Advisor. FuelsEurope and Fritz Ullrich, Director of Terminals Benelux at Varo Energy.
The theme for this year's event is European Bulk Liquid Storage: Ensuring resilience in the supply chain. Other speakers on the programme include Phillip Ellett from the German Car Manufacturers Association VDA, Pedro Miras Salamanca, Chairman of CORES (Spanish Oil Stockholding Agency) and Matthias Plötzke, Policy Advisor Fuels Policy and Climate Protection, MEW.
This year the event will be held at the well-known theme park PortAventura World in Tarragona, giving even more reasons for tank terminal professionals to attend.
The FETSA AGM is now in its sixth year and for second year running it is jointly organised by market leading conference and exhibition organiser StocExpo & market leading publication Tank Storage Magazine.
View the full programme and get more information on the event here.
Exhibition booths are strictly limited. To book yours contact email@example.com.
Saudi Aramco will acquire Shell's 50% share of the SASREF joint venture in the Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia for $631 million.
The acquisition supports Saudi Aramco's plan to increase the complexity and capacity of its refineries, as part of its long-term downstream growth strategy. For Shell, the sale is part of an ongoing effort to focus its refining portfolio, integrating with Shell Trading hubs and chemicals.
The refinery has a capacity of 305,000 barrels per day and the main products are LPG, naphtha, kerosene, diesel, fuel oil and sulphur.
Abdulaziz Al-Judaimi, Saudi Aramco's senior vice president of downstream, says: 'The partnership with Shell has led to a strong record of performance and delivery of refined products. Saudi Aramco will take full ownership and integrate the refinery into its growing downstream portfolio. SASREF will continue to be a critical facility in our refining and chemicals business and we look forward to further optimising its performance and long-term viability.'
John Abbott, Shell downstream director, adds: 'SASREF has been a long and successful partnership between Shell and Saudi Aramco. The refinery has operated with good reliability and has an impressive safety record. We're proud of what we have achieved together over the past four decades and will continue to explore new business opportunities.'
Sempra Energy has completed the divestiture of its US renewables business and natural gas storage assets, which generates $2.5 billion in total cash proceeds.
The announcement comes with the completion of the sale of its remaining ownership interests in operating and development-stage wind assets to American Electric Power Company for $584 million in cash.
Sempra completed the sale of its non-utility US natural gas storage facility to an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners for $328 million in cash in February.
The company is also in the process of selling its equity interests in its South American businesses, including its 83.6% stake in Luz del Sue in Peru and 100% stake in Chilquinta Energía in Chile.
Joseph A. Householder, president and CEO of Sempra Energy, says: 'We have a long and successful track record of actively managing our portfolio, including exiting businesses that are no long consistent with our strategy. The proceeds from the asset sales will be used to pay down debt and redeploy capital to support the strategic growth of Sempra Energy in North America.'
Sempra Energy's Port Arthur LNG has received FERC authorisation to construct and operate its natural gas liquefaction-export facility in Jefferson County, Texas.
The Port Arthur LNG project is expected to include two liquefaction trains, up to three LNG storage tanks and associated facilities that will enable the export of 11 million tonnes per annum of LNG. The FERC order also approved the construction of the Texas and Louisiana connector pipeline projects that will provide natural gas transportation for the new liquefaction facilities.
Development of the Port Arthur LNG project is contingent upon obtaining additional customer commitments, completing the required commercial agreements, securing all necessary permits, obtaining financing, incentives and other factors, and reaching a final investment decision.
Carlos Ruiz Sacristán, chairman and CEO of Sempra North American Infrastructure, says: 'With today's FERC order and the commercial momentum of the Port Arthur LNG project, we are one step closer to reaching a final investment decision and delivering low-cost, reliable and clean US natural gas to world markets.
'Port Arthur LNG should help us achieve our goal to become one of the largest exporters of North American LNG.'
As of Monday, April 15 total oil product stocks in Fujairah stood at 24.548 million barrels, falling from last week's record high stock level to move down 2.2% week on week, reflecting an overall fall of 540,000 barrels. Falls were seen across all three product categories with heavy distillates showing the greatest volume decline week on week.
Stocks of light distillates fell marginally for the second consecutive week falling 0.3% week on week. Total volumes fell 30,000 barrels to stand at 11.182 million barrels. This is the fifth consecutive week that light distillate stocks have stood above 11 million barrels. Overall the bullish tone in the Asian gasoline market was holding as market participants noted a persistent tightness on the supply side. 'Overall, the gasoline market is still strong with Chinese exports expected to come down in April and added support from the US driving season,' a market source said. The prevailing optimism was demonstrated in the physical gasoline market with the 92 RON physical gasoline crack to front month ICE Brent futures standing at $7.64/b on Tuesday, reflecting a rise of $0.78/b week on week, having hit an eight-month high of $9.31/b on Friday.
Stocks of middle distillates fell to 1.961 million barrels showing a fall of 7.9%, with stocks falling by 168,000 barrels week on week. This is the first time they have stood under 2 million barrels since March 4. There was a slight buoying of sentiment as gasoil supplies were seen tightening due to the impending heavy turnaround season in the second quarter across Asian refiners.
Stocks of heavy distillates fell 2.9%, moving down 346,000 barrels on the week to stand at 11.405 million barrels. The drawdown in stocks comes as 380 CST Fujairah delivered bunkers continued to show a higher price than Singapore, with delivered bunkers in the Middle Eastern port assessed on Tuesday at $420.75/mt a $2.75/mt premium to Singapore. In other news in Fujairah, one of the largest oil storage companies in Fujairah is boosting its expansion plans with a public listing, to raise capital to build or acquire a new terminal and tank operations. Brooge Petroleum & Gas Investment Company, which operates about 400,000 m3 of refined product storage and is building another 600,000 m3 of crude and products tanks in Fujairah, announced late Monday a reverse merger with NASDAQ-listed Twelve Seas Investment Company, in a deal that will value the company at $1 billion.