Trafigura and IEnova have entered into a joint venture agreement to develop a marine storage terminal for refined products in Manzanillo, Colima.
The companies have also executed a long-term terminal services agreement for 740,000 barrels of storage capacity at the marine facility for the receipt, storage and delivery of refined products. As part of the agreements, IEnova also acquired 51% of the equity of the company whose subsidiary owns certain permits and land where the project is planned to be built.
IEnova will have control over all aspects of project implementation, including finalising permits, securing customers for the additional capacity, and completing detailed engineering, procurement, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the terminal.
The facility will be capable of leading refined products onto rail and trucks, which will enable its customers to supply fuels to demand centres in the Manzanillo, Colima area as well as in Guadalajara, Jalisco area, which is the second largest demand centre in Mexico. It is estimated that the initial phase of the terminal will have a storage capacity of 1.48 million barrels with opportunities for expansion.
The project is estimated to cost $200 million and commercial operations are expected to start at the end of 2020.
This terminal is IEnova’s sixth refined products terminal in Mexico, which the company says demonstrates its commitment to developing infrastructure in the country that enhances energy security and the reliability of refined product supply.