As of Monday, July 23 total oil product stocks in Fujairah stood at 19.298 million barrels. Total stocks fell by 4% week on week after hitting a seven-month high last week.
Stocks of light distillates fell by 12.6% week on week to 6.403 million barrels. Fundamentals remained largely unchanged - weak in Asia amidst ample supply, but stronger in the Middle East. Bahrain bought an MR cargo of 92 RON gasoline slated to arrive in late August, a source aware of the matter said.
In tenders, KPC was heard seeking three parcels of either 91 RON or 95 RON petrol for delivery at Mina al-Ahmadi over August-October via a tender closing July 25 with same-day validity. KPC last sought three 25,000 mt parcels of petrol for delivery over August-October in a tender that closed last week, but it was unclear if the tender was awarded. Spot premiums for Arab Gulf RON 95 petrol were at $4.05/b yesterday.
Stocks of middle distillates fell by 10% week on week to 2.708 million barrels – a six-week low. Traders said barrels were currently more likely to go east from the Arab Gulf rather than west into Europe. This is despite seasonally lower demand in parts of South Asia and Southeast Asia due to Monsoon rains.
On-shore Singapore middle distillate rose for a seventh consecutive week to a 15-week high last week. The front-month East-West Exchange of Futures for Swap was priced at minus $6.08/mt yesterday – which is above the levels of minus $10-15/mt needed to make gasoil arbitrage workable.
Stocks of heavy distillates and residues rose by 4.2 % week on week to 10.187 million barrels. Stocks rose to their highest level seen this year and topped 10 million barrels for the first time since December 25, 2017.
Inventory levels have risen despite the current backwardation in market structure, with the front-month time spreads for Arab Gulf 180 CST swaps at $7.25/mt yesterday on the back of the continued tightness in the Singapore market. 'It is difficult to gauge the market as [fuel oil] time spreads and cargo premiums went crazy recently,' a Singapore bunker fuel trader said.
Total has acquired Engie's portfolio of upstream LNG assets, including interest in the Cameron LNG project in the US, for $1.5 billion.
The portfolio includes participating interested in liquefaction plants, including the Cameron LNG project, long term LNG sales and purchase agreements, an LNG tanker fleet as well as access to regasification capacities in Europe.
Patrick Pouyanné, chairman and CEO of Total, says: 'Acquiring Engie's LNG business is a real step change for Total allowing us to leverage size and flexibility in the fast growing and increasingly commoditised LNG market.
'This transaction makes Total the second largest global LNG plater among the majors with a worldwide market share of 10% and the group will manage an overall LNG portfolio of around 40 mt per year by 2020.
'It also helps us to build a position in the US LNG market with the 16.6% stake in the Cameron LNG project.'
Total's LNG portfolio by 2020 will comprise a total volume of LNG managed of 40 mt/year, a liquefaction capacity portfolio of 23 mt/year in the Middle East, Australia, Russia and the US, a fleet of 18 LNG carriers and a role of key supplier for the European market with regasification capacities of 18 mt/year.
Saudi Aramco's crude oil to chemicals complex is on track to become the largest of its kind in the world.
The complex is expected to process 400,000 barrels per day of Arabian light crude oil, which will produce nine million tonnes of chemicals and nine million tonnes of fuels per year.
It is projected to achieve a direct conversion rate from crude oil to chemicals of up to 50%, which is unprecedented globally.
Saudi Aramco and SABIC, who are partnering on the giga project, awarded a contract to KBR, a global leader in project management and engineering services, to develop a part of the complex.
KBR will provide the front-end engineering and design for the downstream petrochemicals and chemicals component within the master complex. The scope includes engineering studies, infrastructure planning and development for both of the polymer and glycol units, along with the aromatics complex, the COTC master plot plan and offsite utilities.
Andeavor was the successful bidder in Pemex's open season for the North and Pacific Systems in the Northwestern region of Mexico.
This means that Andeavor has been awarded capacity on Pemex Logistica's oil products pipeline and storage terminals in the open season 3.1 for Mexico.
The company says that with these additional positions, it intends to continue its strategic expansion within Mexico by extending its existing West Coast and Southwest integrated value chains and growing its existing marketing operations in the Northwestern region of Mexico with the ARCO brand.
The capacity includes the use of three Pemex marine and storage terminals in Baja California Sur and Sinaloa, plus two pipelines and two storage facilities in the state of Chihuahua.
Siomara Marquez, Andeavor country director, Mexico, says: 'We are excited about this awarded capacity and the opportunity it provides for additional value creation for our company, customers, business partners and communities in Mexico.'
PBF Logistics has agreed to purchase CPI Operations from Crown Point International, which includes a storage facility & other idled assets on the Delaware River for $107 million.
The East Coast Storage assets include a storage facility with four million barrels of multi-use storage capacity, with over 50% being heated storage, an Aframax-capable marine facility, a truck terminal, equipment, contracts and other assets.
With close proximity to the Paulsboro refinery, the assets are expected to provide synergy opportunities at the company's sponsor, PBF Energy.
Once the transaction is closed, PBF Logistics expects to invest $8.5 million over the next two years on projects to enhance capabilities at the facility and expects to achieve run-rate earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $15.5 million at the end of 2020.
Matt Lucey, PBF Logistics executive vice president, says: 'The acquisition of the East Coast Storage assets will be immediately accretive and will strategically position the partnership for the upcoming IMO's low sulphur fuel specification change in 2020 by adding significant marine accessible storage assets to our portfolio that are capable of handling a range of material from finished petroleum products and residual fuel oils to heavy, high sulphur refinery feedstocks.'
Kinder Morgan's terminal segment earnings recorded a 3% increase thanks to storage capacity growth at key hubs.
Contributions from its liquids business, which accounts for 80% of the segment total, we up 3% compared to the second quarter of 2017 driven by storage capacity increases in key hubs along the Houston Ship Channel and Edmonton, Alberta, as well as the full-period impact of the new-build Jones Act tankers delivered in 2017.
Kinder Morgan president Kim Dang says: 'These contributions were partially offset by the impact of certain divestitures, lower charter rates on existing Jones Act tankers, and lower tank utilisation at our Staten Island, New York location.'
At the company's Base Line Terminal in Alberta, construction of all major facilities is materially complete. The first six tanks at the 12-tank, 4.8-million-barrel facility, were placed into service in the first quarter of 2018. Four of the remaining tanks are expected to be placed into service in the third quarter of 2018 with the final two tanks in service in the fourth quarter. The project is expected to be delivered under budget, owing to project management efficiencies and cost savings.
In May, Kinder Morgan and a large, international integrated energy company entered into a binding Terminal Services Agreement to construct two new distillate tanks with a combined capacity of 200,000 barrels and enhance the railcar unloading capabilities at Kinder Morgan's Vancouver Wharves terminal in North Vancouver. Permitting efforts are underway, and the project is expected to be placed in service in mid-2020.
Argent Energy Netherlands will buy a biodiesel production, tank storage and cleaning facilities from Amsterdam-based Simadan Group.
Argent Energy, a subsidiary of John Swire & Sons, is involved in large scale commercial biodiesel production in the UK. It has also pioneered the use of low grade waste fats and oils.
The addition of these facilities represents the first step for Argent Energy replicating its successful business outside the UK. The deal is expected to be completed by early September and is subject to various conditions being met.
Jim Walker, Argent Energy MD, says: 'This investment will allow Argent to develop our capability of recycling waste fats and oils in the production of biofuel. It further underlines Swire's commitment to contribute to the global reduction of CO2 emissions, just as the UK and the EU are legislating for continued decarbonisation of transport to 2030 and beyond.'
SMEC Africa has been appointed by Ethiopian Petroleum Supply Enterprise to develop a white oil products storage terminal at Port Dukem in Ethiopia.
The terminal will be the first in the country to store and handle aviation fuel as well as refined petroleum and white products. It will comprise product storage tanks, tank truck and rail wagon receipt facilities and a tank truck loading gantry.
It will be one of the biggest in the country, with 240,000 m3 of storage capacity.
SMEC will provide the services at the terminal on an engineering, procurement, construction and management basis in two phases.
As of Monday, July 16 total oil product stocks in Fujairah stood at 20.111 million barrels. Total stocks rose by 6.3% week on week and topped the 20 million barrel level for only the second time this year.
Stocks of light distillates jumped by 19.9% week on week to 7.322 million barrels. Petrol markets are weak in Asia due to ample supply, but stronger in Europe due to tightness in the Mediterranean and cross-Atlantic pull from the US summer demand.
Demand in the Middle East seen as steady, and the region could see additional barrels from the East rather than the West. In tenders, Kuwait's KPC was seeking a total of 75,000 mt of RON 91 and RON 95 petrol for delivery between August and October. Spot premiums for Arab Gulf RON 95 gasoline rose to a seven-month high of $3.95/b yesterday.
Stocks of middle distillates rose by 3.2% week on week to 3.01 million barrels. The gasoil market remains soft in the East of Suez amidst weak demand and limited arbitrage pull. The front-month East-West Exchange of Futures for Swap was priced at minus $6.80/mt yesterday – which is above the levels of minus $10-15/mt needed to make gasoil arbitrage workable.
Similarly, cross-regional flows of jet fuel remained robust in recent weeks, but several sources noted that arbitrage activity from Asia and the Middle East to the ARA region has started to slow amid eroding economics and high clean tanker rates from the East to the West.
Stocks of heavy distillates and residues fell by 1.2% week on week to 9.779 million barrels. Stock levels fell back from the seven month high seen last week; the last time heavy stocks topped 10 million barrels was December 25, 2017. Bunker demand in Fujairah was reported as positive yesterday as prices tumbled in line with the sharp dip in crude prices. 'Demand did strengthen but it's very hard to price due to Brent falling,' a Fujairah-based bunker fuel trader said. Front-month time spreads for Arab Gulf 180 CST swaps strengthened to $6/mt yesterday on a continued tight outlook for the Singapore market.
Greenergy will acquire an idle biodiesel manufacturing facility located at Oiltanking's site in Amsterdam.
The acquisition of a third biodiesel plant will allow Greenergy to meet growing demand for waste-based biofuel in the UK and Europe.
The biodiesel manufacturing facility was built in 2010 to process vegetable oils but was never commissioned. Greenergy plans to carry out works over the next year to convert the facility to process waste oils rather than vegetable oils and then add further production capacity.
Greenergy is Europes largest manufacturer of biodiesel from waste and it owns two major facilities on the east cost of England in Immingham and Teesside.
The location in Amsterdam benefits from deep-water access, allowing for break bulk on long-haul shipments of waste oils.
Under a long0term agreement, Oiltanking will provide Greenergy with storage facilities for raw materials and finished biodiesels, as well as a range of support services.
Andrew Owns, Greenergy chief executive, says: 'Demand for waste-based biodiesel is rising rapidly in the UK and Europe as a result of higher obligated biofuel inclusion rates. Over the last few years we have scaled up our raw material supply chains and invested in our UK manufacturing facilities, increasing output through a variety of incremental investments.
'We are now leveraging these skills and capabilities to develop a third plant.'
Jan Willem van Velzen, MD for Oiltanking Amsterdam, says: 'Oiltanking will also be investing into its own infrastructure in order to accommodate Greenergy's logistical needs.'
Vopak has signed an agreement to acquire a 29% share in Elengy Terminal Pakistan (ETPL) from Engro Corporation.
ETPL's wholly owned subsidiary, Engro Elengy Terminal owns an LNG facility, which is located in Port Qasim in Pakistan, adjacent to the Engro Vopak chemical terminal on the mainland side of the channel into Port Qasim. The facility has been in operation since 2015 and is the first LNG import facility in Pakistan.
It comprises an LNG jetty including a 7.5 km high pressure gas pipeline. This pipeline is connected to the grid of Engro Elenergy Terminal's sole customer Sui Southern Gas Company, a Pakistan government owned entity.
The liquified gas is supplied, under long-term contracts, via LNG carriers from various exporting countries to the FSRU, which is moored to the terminal and connected to its pipeline. The regasification takes place on the FSRU and the gas is transferred to the mainland where, under high pressure, it enters the grid of the customer.
Pakistan has a growing energy demand in which the share of gas is expected to increase. It is mainly used for power supply for its growing population, industrial usage and as feedstock for fertilisers.
Once the transaction is complete, the shareholders in the terminal will be Engro Corporation, Vopak and the International Finance Corporation.
Ghias Khan, Engro Corporation president and CEO, says: 'We are excited to enter into this mutually beneficial partnership with Vopak, which will allow Vopak to realise their strategy of entering the Pakistan energy market and will pave the way for Engro and Vopak to collaborate in further ventures at home and abroad using their combined resources and expertise.'
Chairman of the executive board and CEO of Vopak Eelco Hoekstra adds: 'This new step in our cooperation gives Vopak an excellent entry into the growing Pakistan LNG market. This fits very well with our ambition to grow and diversify our service offering in LNG.'
Kenya Pipeline Company has finished building four oil storage tanks at its Nairobi Terminal.
According to local media reports, the four additional tanks, at a cost of SH 5.3 billion, will provide sufficient capacity for receipt of higher volumes of diesel and super petrol products following the recent completion of the new Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline.
The tanks, with a capacity of 133 million litres of fuel, have more than doubled the storage capacity of diesel and super petrol from the current 100 million litres.
KPC's manging director Joe Sang, says: 'Besides guaranteeing security of supply of petroleum products, the new tanks will also enhance operational flexibility and increase tank turnaround at Kipevu resulting in more ullage creation at KOSF and reduction of demurrage charges.'
The new tanks and the new pipeline will adequately serve Kenya and the region's petroleum demand, which is projected to be 11.4 billion litres in 2020.
A five million tonne LNG import terminal is due to be commissioned in the next three months by Gujarat State Petroleum.
The import terminal in Mundra, Gujarat, will be the third import terminal in Gujarat to import LNG in cryogenic ships and then re-converting the liquid fuel into its gaseous state before transporting it by pipeline to customers.
According to the Economic Times, managing director Jagdip Narayan Singh says: 'We will commission Mundra terminal by August-end or mid-September. It will operate at 1.5 million tonnes a year capacity for the first one-and-a-half years before scaling up to full capacity.'
The terminal, which can expand capacity to 10 million tonnes per annum, is designed to have a berth for receiving LNG tankers, two 1.6 million m3 LNG storage tanks as well as facilities for regasification and gas evacuation.
SGR Energy plans to buy Swiss Terminal Barranquilla – a refined and crude oil storage terminal - from Fondo De Infraestructura Columbia.
The 210,000-barrel facility in Atlántico Department, Colombia covers 294 acres and comprises a warehouse, lab and office, which will provide 50,000 barrels per day of product unloading capacity, 20,000 barrels per day product loading capacity and 13 lane truck racks.
Houston-based SGR Energy will hold permitted storage of up to 210,00 barrels for third party merchant storage, allowing for the acceptance of crude oil and naphtha, with 13 multipurpose temperature-controlled tanks, offering the ability to segregate crude and clean products.
The terminal will also process crude oil and blend fuel oil, with up to seven million barrels of petroleum products transferred or processed through the facility a year.
CEO Tommy San Miguel, SGR Energy, says: ‘We are delighted to acquire from Ashmore Management Company this premier marine transportation and terminal in Colombia. Swiss Terminal Barranquilla gives SGR Energy a strategic artery to pull supply from Colombia, increase our delivery volume to established customers, and will allow us to develop additional business.’
Enterprise Products Partners plans to build an offshore crude oil export terminal off the Texas Gulf Coast.
The terminal would be capable of fully loading VLCCs, which have capacities of two million barrels and provide the most efficient and cost-effective solution to export crude oil to the largest international markets in Asia and Europe.
The company has started front-end engineering and design and preparing applications for regulatory permitting. Based on initial designs, the project could include 80 miles of 42-inch diameter pipeline to an offshore terminal capable of loading and exporting crude oil at 85,000 barrels per hour.
A.J. 'Jim' Teague, CEO of Enterprise's general partner: 'On the heels of our second successful loading of a VLCC at the Texas City terminal, we are now planning to expand our capabilities to load crude oil faster and more cost efficiently without the need for lightering vessels.
''Given the long-term outlook for growing supplies of US crude oil production, increasing global demand requiring super tankers, and the future limitations of Gulf Coast port and lightering capacities, we are confident this project will be embraced and supported by both domestic and international customers.
'Capital and infrastructure to support our project would be solely provided by private capital and would not be reliant nor contingent upon state or federal government agency financial support or infrastructure development. We believe this would enable us to deliver this project in a timely manner once permits are granted and the project is underwritten.'
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San Diego-based energy company Sempra Energy has announced that its Mexican subsidiary - Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova) - has secured a $150 million (€128 million) contract for liquid fuels project from the Topolobampo Port Administration in Mexico.
Per the terms of the agreement, IEnova will construct and operate a marine liquid fuels terminalin Sinaloa, Mexico.
This latest project will operate as a receipt, storage and send-out terminal.
Per the deal, IEnova will conduct the entire development process of this terminal that includes obtaining customer contracts and permits, engineering, procurement and construction as well as providing financing services. It will also supervise the work related to operations and maintenance.
On completion, the first phase of the Topolobampo terminal will have a capacity to store 1 million barrels of petrol and diesel. IEnova expects to commence operations at the terminal in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Spanish oil transportation and storage operator CLH plans to acquire 60% of Mexican company HST. Following the acquisition, CLH intends to construct and operate a new facility for the storage of oil products located in the metropolitan area of the Valle de México.
The new facility will launch its operations in 2020 with a capacity of almost 100,000 m3 and is strategically positioned with excellent connections to the oil pipeline system, railways and motorways in one of the areas with the highest level of consumption of oil products in all of Mexico.
The President of the CLH Group, José Luis López de Silanes, says: 'This operation constitutes a new step forward in the company’s process of internationalisation and one which enables us to continue to move forward in the American continent, following the contract secured last year in Panama for the supply of fuel to five airports in that country.'
CLH's CEO, Jorge Lanza, adds that the 'highly complementary nature of the skills shared by CLH and HST, combining the international experience that CLH has in operating pipelines and storage terminals in Europe – involving almost 10 million m3 – together with the important preparation that the HST team can contribute to the development of projects in Mexico.'
With this new project, the CLH Group launches its fifth international operation, following the projects that are already underway in the UK, Ireland, Oman and Panama. The emerging opportunities for the development of infrastructure in Mexico are strengthened by the liberalisation process of the energy sector and the growing level of consumption that the country is experiencing.
Stolthaven Terminals is experiencing gradual improvements in its performance despite reporting a decline in its operating profit.
In its second quarter financials, it reported an operating profit of $20.2 million, down from $25.9 million in the first quarter, however it reported a second-quarter revenue of $63.9 million compared to $62.5 million in the first quarter.
Equity income from the company's joint venture terminals decreased by $7.1 million in the second quarter, mainly reflecting the $8.2 million of additional first-quarter equity income resulting from a reduction of deferred tax liabilities at the company's joint venture terminal in Antwerp.
Storage and throughput revenue was essentially unchanged in the second quarter and utilisation increased slightly thanks to improvements in Houston, New Orleans and Singapore, and stable overall demand for chemicals worldwide.
Niels G. Stolt-Neilsen, CEO of Stolt-Nielsen, says: 'Our outlook remains fundamentally unchanged. At Stolthaven Terminals, gradual improvements in performance are expected to continue, driven by higher utilisation and operational enhancements.'
Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, EagleClaw Midstream Ventures and Apache Corporation plan to develop the Permian Highway Pipeline Project for the region's growing natural gas production.
The consortium of companies have signed a letter of intent for the project which will provide an outlet for increased natural gas production for the Permian Basin to growing market areas along the Texas Gulf Coast.
The $2 billion project is designed to transport up to 2 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas through 430 miles of 42-inch pipeline from the Waha, Texas area to the US Gulf Coast and Mexico markets.
The project is expected to be in service in late 2020. Natural gas supply will be sourced into the project from multiple locations, including KMI's, EagleClaw's and Apache's existing systems in the Permian Basin, with additional interconnections to both intrastate and interstate pipeline systems in the Waha area.
Kinder Morgan and EagleClaw will be the initial partners, with 50% ownership each, and Apache will have an option to acquire up to 33% equity in the project from the initial partners.
Apache and EagleClaw will be significant shippers on the proposed pipeline, with Apache planning to commit up to 500,000 dekatherms per day. Kinder Morgan will build and operate the pipeline.
Sital Mody, CCO of Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Midstream, says: 'The project is structured to provide unrivalled market optionality for Permian producers.
'By contracting for space on KMI's extensive intrastate systems, the project will offer seamless nominations to the Katy and Agua Dulce market hubs, pipeline headers into LNG export facilities on the Texas Gulf Coast, multiple pipelines delivering gas into Mexico, including Valley Crossing, NET Mexico, and KMI's Border and Monterrey pipelines, and numerous other intrastate and interstate pipelines.