Targa Resources has executed agreements to sell its refined products and crude oil storage and terminalling facilities to an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners for $160 million.
The sale of the facilities in Washington and Maryland is expected to close in the fourth quarter and Targa has said it intends to use the proceeds to fund a portion of its growth capital programme.
Evercore Group is serving as Targa's exclusive financial advisor on the transaction.
Ineos Oxide has announced plans to invest €200 million into its European business, with €150 million for its Zwijndrecht site in Antwerp.
Projects include growing ethylene oxide storage and distribution, debottleneck its plants and increase the production of ethylene oxide derivatives from the European market.
A sixth alkoxylation unit in Antwerp is due to start up at the end of 2018, along with a 2,000-tonne expansion of ethylene oxide storage capacity at the site.
The company is also upgrading EO production at Lavéra, France to support the growing EO needs in Europe. This phase of investment will improve reliability, efficiency and availability of its business in Antwerp, Belgium as well as sites in Köln, Germany and Lavéra, France.
Additionally, an agreement has been reached with RWE to but the Inesco Combined Heat and Power Plant on the Ineos Zwijndrecht in Antwerp.
Graham Beesley, CEO of Ineos Oxide, says: 'We are marking Ineos' incredible global success at the place where it all began 20 years ago. To highlight our ongoing commitment to ethylene oxide, the first business to be bought by Ineos, we are announcing European investment of €200 million, with €150 million to be spent here at the Zwijndrecht site in Antwerp.'
Oneok will invest $295 million to expand its West Texas LPG pipeline system.
The system provides natural gas liquids takeaway capacity for Permian Basin producers. The expansion is supported by long-term dedicated NGL production from six third-party natural gas processing plants in the Permian Basin that are expected to produce up to 60,000 barrels per day of NGLs.
The expansion includes the construction of:
- Four new pump stations, two pump station upgrades and pipeline looping that will increase the West Texas LPG mainline capacity by 80,000 barrels per day.
- Additional infrastructure to connect West Texas LPG with Oneok's previously announced Arbuckle II Pipeline project
Terry Spencer, Oneok president and CEO, says: 'This second expansion of the West Texas LPG Pipeline system will serve continued growth in the Permian Basin and positions Oneok for additional future expansion opportunities in the Permian.'
The pipeline provides takeaway capacity to Permian Basin producers and consists of 2,600 miles of NGL pipeline in Texas and New Mexico.
The US has surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's largest crude oil producer earlier in 2018.
Based on preliminary estimates in the Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Energy Outlook, in February, US crude oil production exceeded that of Saudi Arabia for the first time in more than 20 years.
In June and August, the US surpassed Russia in crude oil production for the first time since February 1999.
EIA expects that US crude oil production will continue to exceed Russian and Saudi Arabian crude oil production for the remaining months of 2018 and through 2019.
US crude oil production, particularly from light sweet crude oil grades, has rapidly increased since 2011, with much of the growth concentrated in the Permian region in western Texas and eastern New Mexico.
MOL Chemical Tankers and SEA-Invest are investing up to €400 million to build a chemical storage terminal in the Port of Antwerp.
The joint venture SEA-MOL, with 51% by SEA-Tank and 49% by MOL Chemical Tankers will secure 20.8 hectares of concession terrain located at the Delwaidedok in Antwerp from Antwerp Bulk Terminal. The JV will also entre into a concession agreement directly with the port for a further 24.4 hectares of land adjacent to this.
The dedicated liquid chemical storage terminal will serve as an efficient logistical hub for the storage, handling and added value activities for the petrochemical industry. This is in response to increasing requirements for chemical storage and added value activities in this sector in the region.
The terminal will be accessible for utilisation by all customers and shipping companies and access is guaranteed for sea-going vessels, barges, trucks and railcars. It will offer services such as blending, drum filling, filtration and ISO tank storage.
Through a phased investment SEA-MOL will build up to 500,000 m3 of storage for liquid chemicals, including organic, inorganic and base oils. The first phase is expected to be operational by mid-2021.
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Antwerp Port Authority, says: 'This investment is further confirmation of our port's ability to attract major investors. It will also boost our position as one of the largest chemical clusters in the world. This is very good news for the port, and for our economy.'
Sean Evers, managing partner, Gulf Intelligence explains how many questions surrounding IMO 2020 remain unanswered, resulting in a lack of clarity on how the market should respond
The real elephant in the room is how will the world handle the new IMO 2020 sulphur regulation? –this is going to drive the dynamics of the oil markets for the next 18 months, so being able to navigate that is going to be paramount to survival and profitability. One of many questions - how will marine gasoil and heavy fuel oil fare? – will by itself keep many analysts awake at night.
Every party, whether it be shippers, refiners, operators etc., all think the other is taking care of the problem, but the reality is there has been no agreement around the table yet. There is a lack of clarity on how to respond. The market needs certainty. We missed the wave of investing in putting scrubbers on ships.
Now it comes down to refiners, port authorities and blenders to give clarity on enforcement and the requirements in different areas. Some players are already providing alternatives to destroying high sulphur fuel oil and to changing refinery slates as soon as everything is defined clearly. The industry can react when the conditions are there, but the message must be coherent on how to, for example, extract waivers, equal standards between ports and so on.
For example, answering this question is crucial: what will be done with the surplus heavy fuel oil as more developing economies go into gas?
Responsiveness and flexibility will be key to any operator. The ability to manipulate a barrel quickly – to blend it, upgrade it, convert it – is paramount during this backwardation period. Terminal and port operators must show a huge degree of flexibility to incentivise that barrel to come onshore and enable that incremental refining margin to be achieved. They must realise that their assets will be challenged more in this environment than when the market is in a natural contango.
But perhaps the more challenging question is whether terminal operators should build clean or dirty storage tanks. The answer depends on your point of view regarding where fuel oil is going to go when the International Maritime Organization's 2020 ruling that all sulphur limits in bunker fuel must be 0.5%, instead of 3.5% comes into play. Are fuel oil inventories going to balloon due to insufficient coking capacity and will fuel oil have a role in the bunker pool?
If the IMO regulations are effective in the bunker market, then we will need an alternative to high sulphur fuel oil – and that will be gasoil. In this scenario, marine gasoil will have to rise to help meet latent 2020 demand and fuel oil will also rise due to lack of natural demand from the market. There will be an inflection point and the storage requirement will have to change as a result. This will play out over the next 12 months.
One thing is clear though: tolerance for not abiding by the IMO's ruling will be very low by the likes of the United Nations', International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) and other authorities. The turnaround for IMO has become acute with talk of drones and satellite enforcement. Fines for non-compliance may not be very high, but reputational damage will be.
IMO 2020 will be discussed in detail at the Gulf Intelligence 2018 Energy Markets Forum on September 17 & 18 in Fujairah. For more information, visit the website here.
BP has signed a long-term contract with Sempra Energy subsidiary IEnova for the remaining 50% of the initial capacity of the Baja Refinados liquid fuels marine terminal in Mexico.
Under the agreement, BP will have storage capacity of 500,000 barrels of liquid fuels at the facility in Baja California to supply its growing network of service stations in northern Mexico.
In addition, BP will have the option to acquire up to 25% of the terminal's equity after commercial operations begin in the second half of 2020.
In April IEnova signed a long-term contract with Chevron Combustibles de Mexico for 50% of the facility's initial storage capacity to supply its service stations and other commercial and industrial customers.
Carlos Ruiz Sacristán, CEO and chairman of the Sempra North American Infrastructure group and chairman of IEnova, says: The Baja Refinados project is an important part of our growth strategy.
'This new terminal will increase Baja California's energy reliability and will foster competitive prices for petrol and other refined products on the West Coast of Mexico.'
The project will be located at the La Jovita Energy Hub in Ensenada and have an initial capacity of one million barrels of liquid fuels, with the potential for future expansion.
Hurricane Florence is likely to disrupt national gas production, delay pipeline construction and reduce refined product supply to the Northeast.
The category 4 hurricane, which is expected to make landfall late Thursday (September 13), will bring strong winds, heavy rains and flooding to the US East Coast.
According to S&P Global Platts, the eye of the storm is likely to pass through the North Carolina coast early Friday morning with wind speeds of more than 110 MPH. Its four to five day track extends as far south as Georgia and to near the northern tip of Virginia.
Coastal inland flooding is expected following up to 15 inches of rainfall.
Platts says that in terms of oil trade flows, small volumes of petrol blendstocks, diesel and asphalt are imported into North and South Carolina, which could be affected by the storm.
However, no offshore or onshore oil production facilities or oil refineries are currently in the path of the storm. Operators of the Colonial Pipeline and Plantation Pipeline, which the Northeast is heavily dependent on for refined products supplies, are closely monitoring the storm.
Wilmington and Charleston ports are also preparing for the storm, with condition Zulu expected later today.
The storm could also disrupt operations at the two LNG export terminals on the East Coast and Dominion Energy, which owns the Cove Point in Maryland, terminal has activated its severe weather preparation and response plan.
Enterprise Products Partners is increasing loading capacity for LPG products at its hydrocarbon terminal on the Houston Ship Channel.
Construction work is underway to increase loading capacity for primarily propane and butane by 175,000 barrels per day, or five million barrels per month.
The expansion will bring total LPG export capacity at the terminal to 720,000 barrels per day, or approximately 21 million barrels per month.
Once complete, Enterprise Hydrocarbon Terminal will have the capability to load as many as six very large gas carrier vessels simultaneously, while maintaining the option to switch between propane and butane loadings.
Once operation, the expansion will allow the terminal to load a single VLGC in less than 24 hours, creating greater efficiencies and cost savings for customers. The incremental capacity is expected to be available in the second half of 2019.
A.J. 'Jim' Teague, CEO of Enterprise's general partner, says: 'Enterprise is already the largest exporter of propane in the world and this expansion project will increase our ability to export LPGs from the terminal facility by another 30% with nominal capital investment.
'Domestic production of hydrocarbons continues to exceed expectations and US demand. US LPG production currently exceeds US demand by over one million barrels per day and the domestic export terminals are approaching full utilisation.
'We estimate that US LPG production could increase by up to an additional 1.5 million barrels per day by 2025. Without access to international markets, excess LPG supplies would lead to a curtailment in the US crude oil and natural gas production growth.
'Marine terminal expansions like our will be essential to balancing the market and meeting growing global demand for US hydrocarbons.'
ExxonMobil has signed a cooperation framework agreement with the Guangdong Provincial People's Government to evaluate the construction of a chemical complex in China.
The proposed complex in the Huizhou Dayawan Petrochemical Industrial Park would help meet expected demand growth for chemical products in China.
The multibillion-dollar project, which is subject to a final investment decision, would include a 1.2 million-tonnes-per-year ethylene flexible feed steam cracker, two performance polyethylene lines and two differentiated performance polypropylene lines.
The new complex would support progress toward China's national petrochemical development priorities. The framework agreement also confirms Guangdong Province's support in progressing the Huizhou LNG receiving terminal, in which ExxonMobil intends to participate, including supply of LNG.
Startup is planned for 2023.
ExxonMobil is also evaluating other chemicals manufacturing projects in Asia to help meet expected demand growth in the region. The company expects to grow chemicals manufacturing capacity in the Asia Pacific and North America by 40%, which will be achieved in part by adding 13 new facilities.
Sharul Rashid, principle engineer, instrument and control at Petronas explains how he implemented a structured approach to process safety within the company
The lack of a structured approach to process safety can have potentially catastrophic consequences. You only need to look at the Buncefield incident in 2005 and the Caribbean Petroleum Terminal facility explosion in 2009 to appreciate how devastating these consequences can be.
Mindful of these incidents and keen to ensure that these did not occur at Petronas now or in the future, Sharul Rashid, principle engineer, instrument and control, and other executives implemented a series of measures to ensure that the company had a structured and focused approach to functional safety.
Previously, the company was governed by its HSEMS Safety Technical standard, and no specific standard existed to govern process safety.
In an interview with Tank Storage Magazine Rashid explains: ‘From 1971 to 1996 there were 28 process safety incidences. From 1998 there were cases of history repeating itself, with the Buncefield incident in England in December 2005 and just four years later with the CAPECO explosion.
‘Both were due to common issues – a failure in the overfill protection system – which forms part of the important Safety Instrumented Function (SIF). In this respect, our company cannot afford to have a similar incident now or in the future.’
Rashid explains that executives at Petronas focused on a top down approach to ensure compliance with a focus on functional safety.
‘I ensure that Petronas complies with the IEC61511 Functional Safety Management standard, which is the primary reference for the company’s technical standard for functional safety management.
‘With the established SIF framework and Safety Integrity Level (SIL) Study roadmap for Petronas in place, the company has eliminated the possible dangerous failure on demand. This has been reflected in saving of $100,000 to more than $10 million, depending on the severity of the impact on people’s safety, the environment and production loss.’
Rashid will be speaking more about process safety compliance and a structured approach to managing the safeguard layer in compliance with the IEC61511 standard on the second day of the Tank Storage Asia conference at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on September 26 - 27. For more information, visit www.tankstorageasia.com.
RWE and German LNG Terminal have reached an agreement for a substantial amount of capacity at the Brunsbüttel terminal.
This follows a successful open season for the LNG import and small-scale terminal, which will have a total capacity of five billion m3. RWE, one of Europe's leading energy companies, has signed a contract that guarantees RWE access to substantial annual capacity.
Andree Stracke, CCO gas supply & origination of RWE Supply & Trading, says: 'We believe that together with Germany LNG Terminal we can fully develop a significant business around the terminal delivering LNG and gas to our customers in Germany and throughout Europe.
'LNG remains a key growth area for RWE: this agreement will enable us to continue growing our portfolio and provide us with additional flexibility to take advantage of new opportunities as they present themselves in the global LNG market.'
Ulco Vermeulen (member of executive board, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie), Daan Vos (managing director, Oiltanking) and Kees van Seventer (president, Vopak LNG Holding) said in a joint statement: 'This is an important step in the commercial development of the terminal as a significant part of the terminal's capacity has now been committed. It clearly demonstrates that the market is committed to Germany's first LNG terminal and is convinced of its business model as a multi-service terminal, independent ownership and open access.'
Negotiations with other interested parties are ongoing. The final investment decision for the facility is expected by late 2019 and construction work will then start in 2020 with the terminal being fully operational by the end of 2022.
Oil products stocks in Fujairah rose 8.2% week on week, rebounding from a five-month low as inventories of light, middle and heavy distillates all increased.
Total oil stocks stood at 17.484 million barrels in the week ending Monday, September 2, up 1.328 million barrels from a week earlier, according to the Fujairah Energy Data Committee.The biggest increase came from middle distillates stocks, which jumped by 15.8% to hit 4.09 million barrels, the highest level in more than a year.
Traders in the region described the gasoil market as balanced, and pegged 10 ppm sulfur gasoil at just under $1/b. The Middle East jet fuel spot market was better supported, however, due to increased regional buying interest, and continued flows to Northwest Europe, S&P Global Platts Analytics said in a report Wednesday. One source from a Middle East refiner also noted that the arbitrage window to the West of Suez had reopened last week due to a weaker prompt Exchange of Futures for Swaps (EFS) spread. The EFS was assessed at a seven-week low of minus $8.24/b Tuesday which indicated improved arbitrage economics, Platts Analytics said.
Stocks of light distillates rose 12.6% to 5.885 million barrels – a six-week high. The petrol market saw a boost in activity on the back of fresh tenders from Indonesia and Kuwait, where state-owned KPC sought 25,000 mt of RON 91 and 25,000 mt of RON 95 gasoline via tender.
'Currently the market is pretty tight, starting from the [Middle East] there are refinery issues so they are pulling a lot barrels from the East, and China exports are at a low,' a trader said, adding that Medium Range and Long Range tankers were being chartered to move cargoes to the Arab Gulf.
Meanwhile, stocks of heavy distillates and residues edged up by 1.5% to 7.509 million barrels. In Fujairah, tight cargo supply continued to keep bunker premiums at elevated levels. Delivered 380 CST bunker prices in Fujairah were assessed at $14.50/mt above Singapore Tuesday - the widest premium in four months - while delivered premiums over ex-wharf bunkers were at $20/mt.
EagleClaw Midstream will acquire Caprock Midstream Holdings for $950 million, which includes pipeline and storage assets.
Caprock provides gathering, processing and disposal services for natural gas, crude oil and produced water to producers in the Delaware Basin. It operates two natural gas processing facilities and will have 540 MMcf/d of processing capacity for the completion of two additional facilities currently under construction.
It operates 300 miles of gas, crude, natural gas liquids and water gathering pipeline and 23 million barrels of crude storage, which is expected to grow to more than 60 million barrels within the next 12 months.
The acquisition of Caprock is complementary to EagleClaw and further solidifies the company's position as the midstream partner of choice for producers in the Delaware Basin.
Once the acquisition is closed, EagleClaw will operate close to 850 miles of natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude and water gathering pipelines, 1.3 billion cubic feet per day of processing capacity and crude and water storage facilities, with more than 425,000 acres under long-term dedication for midstream services.
The acquisition will expand EagleClaw into crude and water-related services, providing opportunities for the company to offer a broad suite of midstream services to both existing and new customers.
The existing Caprock operating company will be renamed EagleClaw Midstream II.
Jamie Welch, EagleClaw's president and CEO, says: 'Following our recent announcement of the Permian Highway Pipeline in partnership with Kinder Morgan, the acquisition of Caprock is another exciting chapter in the continued growth story of EagleClaw.
'This transaction expands our business in every aspect, from asset footprint, to customer diversity, to breadth of service offering, while remaining true to EagleClaw's core mission of providing customer-focused midstream services in the Permian Basin.'
Island Energy Services is shifting its strategic focus to logistics and retail operations in Hawaii and is selling some refinery assets to Par Pacific Holdings.
Par intends to utilise the acquired assets for continued refining operations to supply fuel to IES, which will allow IES to fulfil certain utility fuel supply contracts in Hawaii.
IES, a Hawaii based fuels market and logistics business, has agreed to enter into a long-term agreement with Par to provide fuel storage and throughput services.
IES plans to continue to source petroleum products from its current network of local and global suppliers and does not expect any disruption to Hawaii's supply of petroleum products as a result of this transaction.
It also expects to reinvest net sale proceeds in Hawaii to further expand its logistics infrastructure, which includes a network of tank terminals, pipelines and other distribution assets.
The company says these planned investments are intended to ensure IES remains well-positioned as a long-term valued suppler of fuel products in Hawaii. It also plans to expand its retain operations.
IES CEO Jon Mauer says: 'This shift in operations better positions IES as an integrated logistics provider, anchored by our large-sale Kapolei import terminal. We look forward to maintaining our role as a trusted local fuel supplier for the state as we respond to changing market conditions, industry regulations and Hawaii's long-term energy mandate.'
Flint Hills Resources plans to expand storage and outbound crude loading capacity at its storage terminal in Ingleside, Texas to 300,000 barrels per day.
The work will comprise four new crude storage tanks, 60,000 barrels per hour of total loading capacity, plus the associated pumps and piping.
It is expected to be complete by October 2019 subject to state permitting approvals. Once complete, Ingleside will have a total crude storage capacity of 3.5 to 4.0 million barrels.
The Ingleside terminal currently utilises two docks, including one that supports the loading of Suezmax-size vessels. The company says it is evaluating a separate project that would allow it to load VLCC vessels in the future.
In addition to the expansion, the company also plans to build connections to the recently announced crude pipelines coming from the Permian Basin.
Energy Transfer Partners, Magellan Midstream Partners and Delek US Holdings have confirmed they have received sufficient commitments to build a new crude oil pipeline.
The 30-inch diameter common carrier pipeline will transport crude oil from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast region and the diameter can be increased to expand the capacity based on additional commitments received during the upcoming open season.
The 600-mile pipeline system is expected to be operational in mid-2020 with multiple Texas origins, including Wink, Crane and Midland. The pipeline system will have the strategic capability to transport crude oil to both Energy Transfer's Nederland, Texas terminal and Magellan's East Houston, Texas terminal for ultimate delivery through their respective distribution systems.
Puma Energy has reported an increase in sales volumes and turnover for the first half of 2018 despite challenging markets.
The midstream and downstream energy company reported an increase of 11% in sales volumes to 12.1 million m3 compared to the same period in 2017. This increase as in all regions with good performance in the retail, wholesale and bitumen segments.
However, its EBITDA decreased to $288 million compared to £375 in the first quarter of 2017.
During the period, the company added 10 new retail sites, started operations at three additional airports in Mozambique and South Africa and finalised the construction of a storage terminal in Panama.
CFO Denis Chazarain says: 'The headwinds we anticipated earlier in the year impacted the second quarter as expected, resulting in a lower year on year profit.
'Despite challenging external political factors and foreign currency effects, our sales volumes continued to rise across our operating regions, which, combined with the higher oil price contributed to the 24% rise in revenues to $8.6 billion for the period versus last year.
'Additionally, operating cash flows increased during the first half of 2018, compared to the previous year, reflecting strong cash conversion and effective working capital management.'
Oiltanking Singapore Chemical Storage has signed a long-term storage agreement with Shell Eastern Petroleum for additional propylene storage.
The Oiltanking and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets joint venture has an existing C3 system in place for Shell and the new addition of two propylene bullet tanks will complement and strengthen the strategic partnership between Shell and the company.
By securing this new expansion for propylene, a key feedstock for Jurong Island, Oiltanking Singapore Chemical further anchors its position as a key chemical/propylene hub and integrated logistics and service provider for feedstock.
With these new bullet tanks, the terminal will have total capacity of 409,000 m3 spread across 84 tanks.
The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned a decision by Canada's National Energy Board to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
In a unanimous decision, a panel of three judges said that the National Energy Board wrongly narrowed its review of the project to exclude related tanker traffic. Additionally, the court also ruled that the federal government failed to adequately consult First Nations, as required by law.
The decision states: 'The board made one critical error. The board unjustifiably defined the scope of the project under review not to include project-related tanker traffic. This unjustified exclusion of marine shipping from the scope of the project led to successive, unacceptable deficiencies in the board's report and recommendations.
It continued: 'Canada failed in Phase III to engage, dialogue meaningfully and grapple with the real concerns of the indigenous applicants so as to explore possible accommodation of those concerns.'
On August 31, Kinder Morgan Canada closed the sale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline to the Government of Canada for C$4.5 billion after it shareholders voted to approve the sale.
In a statement finance minister Bill Morneau said that they are reviewing the decision carefully to 'ensure we are meeting high standards when it comes to both protecting the environment and meeting our obligations to consult with indigenous peoples'.
He said: 'As we have said since the very beginning, building the Trans Mountain expansion project is in the national interest.
'That is why our government made the decision earlier this year to purchase the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, and infrastructure related to the Trans Mountain expansion project.
'We chose to acquire the project because it's a sound investment, and because as a government we can manage risks that, in these particular circumstances, would have been difficult for any private sector company to bear.
'And once we get past those risks, as we have said before, we will work towards transferring the project and related assets to a new owner or owners, in a way that ensures the project's construction and operation will proceed in a manner that protects the public interest.'
The expansion project would nearly triple capacity on an existing line from Edmonton, Alberta, to a port in the Vancouver area for export. It was approved by the federal government in a landmark decision back in 2016.