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News LBC releases 41,000cbm of new capacity
LBC Tank Terminals Port of Antwerp facility has expanded its liquid bulk storage capacity with an additional 41,000 cbm by adding seven new tanks ranging from 5,000 cbm to 6,000 cbm. LBC’s storage in Antwerp is focused on base oils and chemicals. In addition to tank storage the terminal also offers liquid blending and filling solutions.
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Geldof delivers tanks to Guadeloupe
Belgian project contractor Geldof has recently delivered 18 new storage tanks through MAN Diesel & Turbo SE (MDT) for an EDF PEI electricity power plant in Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean Sea. The tanks will contain diesel and other fuels. The project included the shop-built production, delivery and implementation of 18 storage tanks on the site in Guadeloupe.
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Delek acquires Tyler tanks
Delek Logistics has acquired storage tanks and a product terminal, from a subsidiary of Delek US. The assets at Delek US’s Tyler, TX. refinery were bought for US$94.8 million cash.
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Sprague purchases Bridgeport
Sprague Connecticut Properties LLC has acquired 100 percent ownership of Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Bridgeport, Conn. terminal. Located on the Long Island Sound, the Bridgeport terminal has approximately 1.1 million bbl of active storage capacity for a range of products including gasoline, heating oil, ultra-low sulphur diesel and ethanol.
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Vancouver approves Tesoro-Savage lease
The Board of Commissioners of Port of Vancouver USA has unanimously approved a 10 year lease with the Tesoro-Savage Joint Venture (TSJV) for a crude oil handling facility at the port. The project, proposed by the port’s long-time tenant Tesoro in partnership with logistics company Savage, will bring North American crude oil to the port by rail where it will then be transferred to marine vessels for transport to refineries in California, Washington and Alaska.
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Monjasa in bunker deal
Pan European Terminals Plc has signed a new storage and transhipment contract with Danish bunker supplier Monjasa Group. The deal, which Pan European signed on behalf of its wholly owned subsidiary Dan Balt Tank Lager A/S of Aabenraa, Denmark, covers the handling of fuel oils and marine gas oil.
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Chevron adding lube hub
Chevron Lubricants is adding additional storage for Group II base oil in Eastham. This is Chevron’s third Group II supply hub in Europe in addition to facilities in Antwerp and Hamburg. A complete product line will be inventoried at the facility, including Group II grades, 100R, 220R, 600R and Group II+, 110RLV.
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Simon announces new waste handling facility
Simon Storage has agreed the necessary terms of a Part A PPC permit with the Environment Agency for the handling of hazardous and non-hazardous bulk liquid wastes at its Immingham terminal complex on the south bank of the River Humber.
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Gunvor secures financing for Russian terminal
Commodities trader Gunvor successfully closed US$675 million of financing for its Ust Luga Oil Products terminal in the Russian Federation.
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Eagle Ford expansion
Plains All American Pipeline LP and Enterprise Products Partners LP are reported to have agreed to expand their Eagle Ford joint venture (JV) crude oil pipeline. The expansion will increase capacity to 470,000 bpd of light and medium crude oil grades to accommodate additional volumes expected from PAA’s Cactus pipeline that is currently under construction. The original plan was for 350,000 bpd of pipeline capacity.
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Odfjell appoints network president
Odfjell Terminals has appointed of David Ellis as president, effective immediately. Ellis will be responsible for the leadership of Odfjell Terminals’ global activities. He has been with Odfjell SE since 1996 and Odfjell Terminals since 2005, most recently serving as the executive in charge of North American activities.
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SOCAR Fujairah begins phase 2 operations
SOCAR Aurora Fujairah Terminal FZC (SAFT), the joint venture company between SOCAR, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, Aurora Progress, the Swiss based commodity trading house, and the Government of Fujairah have announced the completion of the second phase of the 815,000 cbm oil products terminal in Fujairah.
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Vopak, Magellan eye Houston
Vopak and Magellan Midstream Partners are jointly assessing the development of a deepwater storage and handling facility in the Houston Gulf Coast area. Under a recently signed joint development agreement, the parties will take part in a feasibility study for a new storage terminal along the Houston Ship Channel to store and handle crude oil, refined products and ethanol.
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Enap in Biobio
Chile’s state-owned oil refiner Enap has invested nearly US$140 million to build a terminal in the San Vicente Bay in Biobio region.
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Second phase for Tanjung Bin
Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC) is reportedly to invest a further RM1 billion for the second phase of development of its ATT Tanjung Bin (ATB) oil storage terminal in Tanjung Bin, Johor.
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New Oiltanking terminal in Indonesia
Oiltanking together with its joint-venture partner Gunvor Group will construct a green field terminal on the island of Karimun, Indonesia.
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MOL inaugurates Giurgiu facility
MOL has completed the first construction phase of a new fuel terminal in Giurgiu, Romania. The project includes the construction of a 7,000 cbm greenfield storage facility, following a total investment of approximately €10 million.
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Kinder Morgan to spend $54m on BOSTCO
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMEP) plans to expand on its joint-venture Battleground Oil Specialty Terminal Company facility, which is still under construction along the Houston Ship Channel.
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LNG storage in Asia?
Vopak might build its first Asian LNG storage terminals, as well as adding other LNG facilities worldwide. Eelco Hoekstra, chief executive of the company, told Reuters that rising supplies of US shale oil and gas will strengthen the supply of LNG, allowing for more spot trading and more demand for storage capacity.
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Onsan converts tanks to dirty storage
Korea’s Onsan Tank Terminal has converted 20,000 kl (125,800 barrels) of clean products tanks to dirty products storage at its 100,000 kl Onsan terminal to meet customers’ needs.
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Ireland’s only refinery for sale?
Phillips 66 is reported to be selling its downstream businesses in Ireland, including the Whitegate refinery in Cork and the Bantry Bay storage terminal.
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Ergon increases capacity
Ergon Europe MEA has announced that six tanks at the Sea Tank Terminal in Antwerp have been added to the company’s storage network. This addition has increased Ergon Europe’s overall storage capacity by more than 30 percent to 24,000 cbm.
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CNPC to complete Myanmar facility
China National Petroleum Company has completed six oil storage tanks on an island off western Myanmar from which two pipelines will carry fuel to China, and will soon finish six more. The strategic link will allow China to bypass the Malacca Strait and ship in oil from the Middle East and Africa via the Indian Ocean and a port on Maday Island, off the coast of Myanmar.
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Sinopec Kantons looks to expand
Sinopec Kantons, the crude oil trading and logistics arm of China Petroleum & Chemical (Sinopec), has reportedly said it will acquire and build its own fuel storage facilities internationally.
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Hin Leong’s Asia expansion
Reuters reported that Singapore oil trader and shipper Hin Leong plans to spend up to $3 billion to build oil terminals and distribution facilities in emerging Asian markets, including fresh investments in Myanmar and Indonesia, to meet rising oil demand from the region.
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El Paso refinery to get more shale crude
Western Refining says its 128,000 bpd El Paso, Texas, refinery is on track to receive more price-advantaged shale crude from West Texas after starting up operations at its Mason Station terminal in Reeves County, Texas.
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Tundra, Enbridge sign JV pact
Tundra Energy Marketing has signed an MoU with Enbridge Energy Partners to own jointly and expand the previously announced Tundra crude oil rail loading terminal near Cromer, Manitoba to improve market access for light oil producers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Dakota.
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HES Beheer owns 100% of BTT
Noble Netherlands BV, a subsidiary of Noble Group Limited, and HES Beheer NV have today reached final agreement on HES Beheer’s acquisition of Noble Netherlands’ 50 percent interest in Botlek Tank Terminal BV.
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Rubis record
Rubis posted a record year with net profit of €94 million, up 31 percent, resulting from the successful integration of all the acquisitions made in 2011.
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Stolthaven profit up
Stolthaven Terminals reported an operating profit of US$76.5 million in 2012, up from $66 million in 2011, with growth for the year driven primarily by the impact of acquisitions. Total capacity rose to 3.6 million cbm at year end, up from 3.4 million cbm at the end of 2011.
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Aegis commissions first phase
The first phase of a new 19-tank storage terminal in Haldia, West Bengal, India, has been commissioned.
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HollyFrontier crude rail project
HollyFrontier Corporation and Holly Energy Partners are collaborating to construct a rail facility that will enable crude oil loading and unloading near HollyFrontier’s Artesia and/or Lovington, New Mexico refining facilities.
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Geldof ships first Vlaardingen tanks
Geldof has shipped the first 26 tanks for the Vopak tank terminal in Vlaardingen (Netherlands). The complete contract includes the construction of 52 tanks of which a large number is isolated.
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Irving buys share in Montreal terminal
Irving Oil has acquired an equity share in Norcan Petroleum Group, owner of the Norcan Terminal in Montreal.
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Antwerp bonanza
In January and February 2013 the port of Antwerp handled more than 9 million tonnes of liquid bulk, the highest volume since 1992. Petroleum derivatives in particular performed very well.
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New rail-barge terminal
Indigo Resources is to build a rail-to-barge crude oil terminal on the Mississippi River.
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Depots for Zambia
The Government of Zambia has reportedly engaged an East African firm Dalbit International Ltd, to construct four fuel storage depots in four provinces at a cost of US$40.2 million.
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CAO South Korea facility opens
China Aviation Oil’s terminal in South Korea’s South Jeolla Province, built by COA (Singapore) Corp’s joint venture company Oilhub Korea Yeosu (OKY), has entered operation.
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LBC bitumen terminal opens
LBC Tank Terminals has finished construction of a 12,000 cbm bitumen storage facility for Shell Bitumen. Located at its Nantes terminal, LBC completed the terminal one month ahead of schedule and the first shipment of bitumen was received in January.
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Oil terminal for Veidnes
Statoil and its partners have chosen a development concept for the Skrugard field in the Barents Sea. The concept includes a floating production unit with a pipeline to shore and a terminal for oil from the Skrugard field at Veidnes outside Honningsvag in Finnmark. The field is scheduled to come on stream in 2018.
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Vopak posts profit growth
In 2012, Vopak generated revenues of €1,313.9 million, a 12 percent increase compared with 2011, including a currency translation gain of €43.8 million. The increase in revenues came primarily from capacity expansions in the Netherlands (0.6 million cbm), partly offset by lower occupancy rates. The average occupancy rate was 91 percent (2011: 93%).
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Train loading in Wyoming
Cogent Energy Solutions and Granite Peak Development plan to build a joint crude oil unit train loading facility along BNSF Railway’s mainline at Granite Peak’s Casper Logistics Hub near Casper, Wyoming. Construction is slated to begin in April with completion targeted for October 2013.
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First crude-by-rail project in Houston
KW Express LLC, a partnership between Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP) and Watco Companies LLC, has entered into a long-term agreement with Mercuria Energy Trading Company to construct a 210,000 bpd crude-by-rail project at the Greens Port Industrial Park on the Houston Ship Channel.
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Simon offers storage for Prax
Simon Storage is providing Prax Petroleum with more than 18,000 cbm of storage capacity at its Immingham West terminal, Humberside, UK, together with road loading facilities for onward delivery.
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VNT profit grows 23%
Ventspils Nafta Terminals (VNT) reported profits up 23 percent year-on-year to LVL10.4 million (US$19.6 million in 2012.Revenue amounted to LVL60.4 million. The company, which is 51 percent owned by JSC Ventspils Nafta, transhipped over 12 million tonnes of oil products.
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Enbridge outlines plan to ship to Gulf Coast
Enbridge and a partner are planning to convert some of their natural gas capacity to ship crude oil from a pipeline hub in Illinois to refineries in the eastern Gulf Coast market.
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AEGIS starts work at Pipavav
Aegis Group has started work on a liquid and gas storage terminal at Pipavav Port, Gujarat. The project has capacity of 120,000 cbm of bulk liquid and 2,700 tonnes of gas. The Pipapav project is a step towards the company’s strategy of building a network of terminals around India’s coast line from Pipavav to Haldia to Kochi, inland oil terminals on a ‘build, own, operate’ basis to service national oil companies and developing a retail distribution network for LPG business.
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Linde bags Oiltanking deal
Linde Gas Singapore (LGS) has clinched a long-term nitrogen gas supply contract from Oiltanking Singapore. LGS will be investing in new equipment such as additional compressors that will assist in nitrogen supply. No financial details were disclosed.
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Brenntag expands ND facility
Chemical distribution company Brenntag is upgrading its Pacific site in Dickinson, North Dakota in order to satisfy demand in the high growth North Dakota oil & gas market. The expansion will include an addition to the current rail siding capacity, acid bulk storage, and blending facilities for more products.
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Plains sells non-core assets
Plains All American Pipeline is selling non-core refined product pipelines and related assets in the Rocky Mountain and New Mexico areas to Magellan Midstream Partners for approximately US$190 million. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of this year, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
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Rubis bids for Reichstett storage
Rubis Terminal looks certain to take on the storage activities division of Petroplus Raffinage Reichstett. A bid for the storage assets was approved by a court in Strasbourg on 29 January 2013, with effect from 1 February.
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ADPO Liefkenshoek site
ADPO has acquired a new 10ha plot of land in the Port of Antwerp left bank Liefkenshoek area. The company says it is receptive to investigating any logistics opportunity or concept together with its customers. The provisional idea is to build a terminal with a capacity of around 100,000 cbm in five or six tank pits with stainless steel, coated and mild steel tanks of between 500 and 2,500 cbm each.
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Oiltanking Nanjing opens rail facility
Oiltanking Nanjing Co, Ltd has opened its state-of-the-art railcar loading and unloading facility at its terminal located in the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park, Jiangsu province, China.
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CLH adapts to biofuels
CLH has adapted 13 plants to store and distribute diesel mixed with biodiesel and another nine facilities where it is possible to mix bioethanol with gasoline. All of them are located near the greatest consumption areas the company is covering.
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Global to buy West Coast crude/ethanol site
Global Partners LP announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the membership interests in a West Coast crude oil and ethanol facility near Portland, Oregon from Cascade Kelly Holdings LLC.
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PBF Energy to double rail unloading
PBF Energy, soon to take delivery of its first unit train of Bakken crude oil at its Delaware City refinery, is already planning to double the amount of heavy crude the plant takes in by rail, report OPIS.
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In like Flint
Flint Hills Resources has finalised the acquisition of an ethanol plant from Advanced BioEnergy, LLC. The group’s biofuels business includes four Iowa ethanol plants with a combined capacity of 435 million gallons, a biodiesel plant in Texas, and investments in biofuels technology and feedstock development.
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Vopak gets multisite certificate
Royal Vopak has obtained International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) for multiple sites. The certification is another step towards enhancing Vopak’s biofuels terminal network and to remain a ‘reliable partner’ for both local and international ethanol and biodiesel customers. With this certification scheme for biofuels Vopak says it remains in the forefront of sustainability developments. ISCC is the most widely used certification scheme in the EU.
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Hambantota running
The bunkering facilities at the Ruhunu Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa International Port in southern Sri Lanka are now ready for commercial operations. Sri Lankan media reported chief engineer A H Geeganage as saying that the bunkering facilities at the port constructed at a cost of US$76.5 million are ready and the tank farm has commenced operations.
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StocExpo 2013 set to break records
StocExpo 2013, which runs on 19–21 March 2013 at Antwerp Expo, is on target to be the biggest event yet for Europe’s terminal operators, oil companies, traders and regulators. Over 150 companies from more than 29 countries have already confirmed they are exhibiting at the show, which is now in its ninth year, and the final total is expected to exceed 180, making it a record event.
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Lanxess plans 12-unit tank farm
Lanxess Corp, the US arm of the German chemicals giant, is planning to spend about US$2 million on a 12-unit tank farm that will pave the way for increased production at a Greensboro, NC plant it acquired more than a year ago.
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Green light for Le Havre terminal
Port of Le Havre, France, has accepted a proposal from Odfjell Terminals (Europe) BV for the development of a greenfield liquid bulk storage terminal in the industrial zone of the port.
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Longwei completes Gujiao upgrade
Longwei recently completed plant upgrades at its Gujiao facility to include new coatings for its large storage tanks and scheduled maintenance and upgrades. The Gujiao facility has a storage capacity of 70,000 tonnes. Since commencing operations in November 2009, the Gujiao facility has grown to account for US$233.8 million in petroleum sales for fiscal year 2012.
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Vopak, Sabic to invest in Jubail
Vopak and Sabic have decided to invest jointly in a new terminal in King Fahd Industrial Port at Jubail, Saudi Arabia, to serve the expansion of the petrochemical and downstream industries.
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RORC in $175m upgrade
TNK-BP says the Ryazan Oil Refinery Company (RORC), near Moscow, Russia, will invest US$175 million in its tank farm upgrade programme to 2020. The 2012 investment will amount to approximately $3.5 million; the plan for 2013 envisages $15 million.
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Plains buys five terminals
Plains All American Pipeline has agreed to acquire four operating crude oil rail terminals, one terminal under development and various contractual arrangements from US Development Group (USD) for approximately US$500 million.
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KM could invest $2.8 bn
Kinder Morgan has plans to invest US$2.8 billion in expansions (including contributions to joint ventures) and small acquisitions (excluding the dropdowns from Kinder Morgan Inc.).
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Jamaica looks at bunkering future
Developing Jamaica’s bunkering capabilities was the subject of a day-long workshop in Kingston on 30 November when stakeholders from throughout Jamaica discussed its future development.
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New jetty for Sohar
Port of Sohar, Oman, plans to build a new liquid jetty to cater for an expected rise in liquid cargoes handled at the industrial port, fuelled in large part by a strong uptake of bulk storage capacity at the central tank terminal operated by Oiltanking Odfjell Terminals & Co.
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Storage on the rise
A report, Oil and Gas Storage Industry to 2015, says requirements for oil storage capacities at global supply hubs are expected to grow as new refining companies and oil companies are significant players boosting the market.
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TEPSA obtains AEOF certification
On 5 September, Spain’s TEPSA obtained Authorised Economic Operator certification (AEOF) in Customs simplifications and Safety & Security. This certification is based on the EU regulation CE 2913/92 and reviewed with CE 648/ 2005 and CE 1875/2006.
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New storage in Romania
Romania’s OMV Petrom SA has opened a new storage terminal in the country after investing about €26 million at the site. The facility, located in the southern Isalnita village, will have a capacity of 11,000 cbm and will boost Petrom’s total capacity to 46,000 cbm.
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GWI deal for Utica NGL
Freight rail operator Genesee & Wyoming Inc has announced that its wholly- owned subsidiary, The Columbus & Ohio River Rail Road Company (CUOH), has signed a long-term agreement to serve the US$900 million natural gas liquids (NGLs) fractionation hub being constructed in Scio, Ohio, by Utica East Ohio Midstream, LLC.
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Oman ponders major storage facility
Reuters says Oman is considering building a facility to store up to 200 million barrels of crude safely outside the Strait of Hormuz. According to the head of a state-run oil investment, the proposed facility would be larger than any other tank farm in the world.
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Crude services at Buckeye Albany
Buckeye Partners, LP has announced that it has reached a multi-year agreement with a subsidiary of Irving Oil Limited to provide crude oil services at its terminal located in Albany, New York, including off-loading unit-trains, storage, and throughput.
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Vopak’s strategic facility
Vopak Terminal Eemshaven has been inaugurated by Marijke van Beek, Mayor of Eemsmond; Harm D Post, director of Groningen Seaports; Jeroen Drost, chairman and CEO of NIBC; and Eelco Hoekstra, CEO and chairman of the executive board of Royal Vopak.
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Harvesting new opportunities
The partnership between Simon Storage and Harvest Energy is going from strength to strength as Harvest Energy expands its presence in the UK’s road fuels market.
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Rotterdam/Gothenburg in LNG alliance
Port of Rotterdam and Port of Gothenburg have entered a new alliance. The aim is to speed up the establishment of liquefied natural gas as a maritime fuel.
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Phillips 66 sells NY terminal
Phillips 66 and United Riverhead Terminal Inc (URT), an affiliate of United Refining Company of Warren, Pa, have entered into an agreement for URT to buy Phillips 66’s Riverhead, NY, marine petroleum terminal and associated assets, both companies said in a joint statement.
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Sinopec to build in Indonesia
China’s Sinopec has started building southeast Asia’s largest oil storage terminal at the Batam free trade zone in Indonesia, in an US$850 million investment aimed at boosting petroleum trading.
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Oiltanking acquires Helios terminal
Oiltanking GmbH has entered into an agreement to acquire a 100% shareholding in Helios Terminal Corporation Pte Ltd and its holding company Chemoil Storage Limited subject to regulatory approvals. Located on Jurong Island, Singapore, the terminal of Helios has a total capacity of 503,000 cbm.
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Funding secured
Odfjell Holdings (US) Inc has secured financing for the expansion of its US tank terminals. Odfjell can also obtain increases in the principal amount under this facility of up to an additional US$100 million.
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Coryton renamed
Coryton oil refinery is to be renamed Thames Oil Port after the deal to turn the closed facility into an import terminal was completed. The site had been called Coryton since 1919 when it was taken over by the Cory brothers.
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Vitol mulls capacity expansion
Vitol Tank Terminals International (VTTI) is reportedly studying almost doubling its storage capacity at port of Fujairah, just outside the Strait of Hormuz, and could start construction by early 2014.
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Medco to sell stake to Puma
Reuters has ported that Indonesia’s biggest listed oil company, PT Medco Energi Internasional as saying it would sell a majority stake in its liquid fuel storage unit PT Medco Sarana Kalibaru to energy firm Puma Energy LLC.
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Sunoco butane permit
Sunoco has received permits to build a butane blending facility at BP the Jacksonville Terminal. The permits show Milton J. Wood Co. as the contractor and Sunoco Logistics Partners LP as the developer.
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PBF to move more crude by rail
PBF Energy plans to expand rail shipments of crude at its Delaware City, Del., refinery. The company rails 20,000 bpd of western Canadian and Bakken Shale crude oil into the Delaware City storage facility.
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Expansion pays off for Liverpool firm
Liverpool Bulk Liquids (LBL), based at Port of Liverpool, handled its third vessel in six weeks following expansion of the company’s West Langton Terminal. LBL embarked on a challenging enterprise in 2009 to move a complete oil terminal, lock stock & barrel across the River Mersey, a process that took three years in planning and execution.
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Isaac floods Stolthaven NO
Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced that the recent hurricane Isaac caused serious flooding at its Stolthaven New Orleans terminal located at Braithwaite. The flooding resulted from failure of the levee surge protection system with parts of the terminal being under as much as seven feet of water. All personnel on-site were reported to be safe, and the group has currently no reports of any environmental issues or failure of product containment systems.
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Savage completes Bakken site
Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced that the recent hurricane Isaac caused serious flooding at its Stolthaven New Orleans terminal located at Braithwaite. The flooding resulted from failure of the levee surge protection system with parts of the terminal being under as much as seven feet of water. All personnel on-site were reported to be safe, and the group has currently no reports of any environmental issues or failure of product containment systems.
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Statoil to leasing 1,000+ rail cars
Statoil said it is leasing more than 1,000 railroad cars to carry crude from oilfields in North Dakota to refiners across North America, in a bid to overcome the pipeline bottlenecks that plague the booming oil-producing region.
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Aegean in Barcelona
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc has signed a definitive agreement with Meroil to secure onshore fuel oil storage capacity in a terminal, owned by the Barcelona-based oil and energy logistics company. Meroil operates the largest Spanish coastline terminal for petroleum products, situated in the Port of Barcelona.
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Geldof builds for Vopak
Vopak has awarded Geldof Metal Construction a contract worth around €25 million for the construction of 52 insulated tanks for the terminal in Vlaardingen. Together these metal constructions will have a capacity of around 140 million litres and weigh almost 4,000 tons. The tanks will be used primarily for the storage of bio-oils, and the project is due to be completed by June 2013.
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New capacity drives growth in Rotterdam
In the first half of 2012, 222 million tonnes of cargo was handled in the port of Rotterdam, 3.2 percent up on the first half of 2011. Incoming trade rose by 1 percent to 155 million tonnes and outgoing trade by 8 percent to 66 million tonnes.
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Plain Enterprise
Plains All American Pipeline, LP and Enterprise Products Partners LP have formed a 50/50 crude oil pipeline joint venture in South Texas. The arrangement provides for PAA and EPD to consolidate certain portions of previously announced pipeline projects servicing the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas. The joint venture system is supported by long-term commitments totalling 210,000 bpd. The consolidation will provide shippers with increased market flexibility and enable PAA and EPD to optimise their capital investments, the two companies said.
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New training facilities
Eco-Energy Holdings, Inc is partnering with NuStar Terminals Operations Partnership LP to develop jointly an ethanol unit train and storage facility to serve the Northern, VA and Washington, DC market areas.
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NCSP inaugurates low sulphur facility
Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port Group subsidiary IPP has launched a low-sulphur fuel handling facility. On 22 August the first vessel with low-sulphur fuel left the IPP berth. IPP cleansed three reservoirs for storage of the new type of fuel in preparation for the launch.
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Stolt buys London facility
Stolt-Nielsen is to buy the former TDG bulk liquid terminal at Dagenham, Port of London. TDG was acquired last year by French logistics group Norbert Dentressangle SA.
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Botlek AEO certified
The Dutch Customs authorities have granted Botlek Tank Terminal in Rotterdam the AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) certificate. As a consequence, BTT, with its new terminal for storage and transhipment of petrol and (bio) diesel, is acknowledged as a reliable partner in the field of Customs & international trade.
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ArcLight buys Blackwater
ArcLight Capital Partners is acquiring Blackwater Midstream Corp for $48.7 million. Boston-based ArcLight Capital, which focuses on upstream and midstream investments in energy, agreed to buy the business for 64c per share in cash.
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Vopak part-sells Durban stake
Royal Vopak is to sell a 30% non-controlling interest in Vopak Terminal Durban, South Africa, to Reatile Chemicals (Pty) Limited. Reatile Chemicals is part of the Reatile Group, a South African company with three main industrial focus areas: mining services, energy and petrochemicals.
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EPG expands capacity
Entrepot Petrolier de la Gironde (EPG), located in the port of Bordeaux, has decided to build new tankage in its terminal and thus increase storage capacity to 138.500 cbm, including blending facilities for various bio products. The expansion will be put into operation at the end of 2013.
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Vitol buys 50% in LPC
Vitol Inc, the US subsidiary of the Vitol Group, has formed a partnership with Midland-based LPC Crude Oil Inc, and acquired 50% of the company. Both companies did not reveal financial details of the deal. The company will conduct operations as LPC Crude Oil Marketing LLC. LPC Crude Oil is involved in the gathering, marketing, and transporting of oil and condensate in the Permian Basin.
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Kinder Morgan and BP sign condensate deal
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and BP North America have executed a long- term commercial agreement to provide BP condensate processing services and storage at Kinder Morgan’s terminals located on the Houston Ship Channel. BP has committed over 40,000 bpd of throughput at Kinder Morgan’s petroleum condensate facility which will split condensate into various components such as light and heavy naphthas, kerosene and gasoil.
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OPW counterbalance for NuStar
NuStar Energy has selected the 890 Series ‘Hi-Load’ Loading Arm Counterbalances from OPW Engineered Systems, a division of OPW Fluid Transfer Group. The kit will be used in the railcar loading upgrade at NuStar’s Stockton, CA, USA refined products terminal. NuStar recently optimised the railcar-loading times at its 900,000-barrel facility by building a new rail siding that features six loading platforms. Playing a key role in this enhanced railcar-loading operation are the loading arm counterbalances.
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Tank Storage Asia in partnership
Tank Storage Asia Joins Forces with Singapore-based Singex to Build Event EasyFairs’ StocExpo has joined forces with Singapore-based convention and exhibition specialist Singex to enhance the development of its bulk liquid storage event in Asia – Tank Storage Asia.
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Stolthaven profits up
Stolthaven Terminals reported second-quarter operating revenue of US$47.3 million, up from $46.2 million in the first quarter. Increased revenue from capacity expansions at Singapore and from Moerdijk’s first full quarter of operations was partially offset by lower revenue at Santos, due to a decline in throughputs of both chemicals and ethanol.
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Refinery Heide switches to OpenTAS
Refinery Heide GmbH has assigned Implico with the implementation of OpenTAS. The terminal management and terminal automation system will replace older outdated systems from two competitors. After the project completion, which is planned for January 2013, more than a third of the refineries in Germany will be using OpenTAS.
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China Aviation Oil leases in Singapore
China Aviation Oil (CAO) has leased oil storage space in Singapore. The company leased the tank space in the first half of the year to store middle distillates, a company spokesperson told Reuters.
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ENOC secures US$100m financing
Horizon Terminals Ltd (HTL), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), has signed a 10-year Islamic term financing facility of US$100 million with Standard Chartered Bank, Emirates NBD and Noor Islamic Bank.
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ETT3 opens
VTTI has announced that Euro Tank Terminal (ETT) has opened its ETT3 facility, and with it the ability to handle low-flash product. Located in Europe’s major energy hub of Rotterdam, ETT3 comprises 10 new tanks, with jet fuel, methanol and gasoil/naphtha now flowing into the tanks.
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Terminal solution for Coryton
Royal Vopak, Greenergy and Shell UK Limited have reached agreement with the joint administrators of Petroplus Refining & Marketing Limited, to purchase assets of the former Coryton refinery. The three companies plan to develop and invest in a state-of-the-art import and distribution terminal to be managed by Vopak.
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Unit train throughput deal
Murex NA, Ltd and Cetane Energy, LLC have reached a crude oil railcar loading agreement. The companies will expand the existing Cetane facility, located in Carlsbad, New Mexico, to add a crude oil storage tank and a 110-railcar, crude oil, unit train transloading facility. The agreement provides Murex with exclusive rights to Cetane’s unit and manifest facilities.
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‘Condominium’ terminal
The first ‘condominium’ style petroleum terminal is being planned off the East Coast of Amercia. Under the scheme each owner/user will have its own tankage, but the infrastructure of the facility will be owned jointly on a pro rata basis.
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Shell China JV
Shell’s joint venture in China has begun building an oil product storage facility of 200,000 cbm in the northern port city of Tianjin.
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Westway in negotiations to sell European terminals
Westway Group, Inc has entered into final negotiations to sell its liquid feed supplement business (Westway Feed Products) and certain of its European terminals to an affiliate of ED&F Man Holdings Limited, the company’s largest shareholder.
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Terminal for Kazakhstan
In Kazakhstan, ASKI-Mangistau LLP intends to commission an oil storage terminal worth 4.5 billion tenge (US$30 million) in December 2012 in Aktau.
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ILTA sets record
The International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) held its 32nd Annual International Operating Conference and Trade Show on 21-23 May, in Houston, Texas. Close to 3,500 people attended the event, which included more than 30 conference presentations, two evening networking receptions, four training workshops, a day-and-a-half trade show, and a golf tournament.
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Rotork specified for UAE project
Rotork electric and electro-hydraulic valve actuation and Pakscan control technologies have been specified for a major tank farm expansion project at Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.
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TIPER to double capacity
The Tanzania International Petroleum Reserves Limited (Tiper) is looking to invest Sh25.6 billion (US$16 million) to double its storage capacity to 300,000 cbm from its current operational capacity of 147, 000 cbm in the next five years. Tiper managing director, Daniel Belair, said the investment follows massive rehabilitation which started several years ago at a cost of Sh22.4 billion.
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Petroplex to build Louisiana terminal
Petroplex International LLC, based in Baton Rouge, La, along with a consortium, has raised capital for the development of a US$600 million multimodal bulk liquid terminal in St James Parish.
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Geldof convinces Vopak
Vopak has awarded Geldof Metal Construction a new contract worth around €25 million for the construction of 52 insulated tanks at a terminal in Vlaardingen. Together the tanks will have a capacity of around 140 million litres and weigh almost 4,000 tons. They will be used primarily for the storage of bio-oils, and the project is due to be completed by June 2013.
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Shand & Jurs’ new indicator
Shand & Jurs has introduced the new 99060 Duracator to its line of Conservation Vent Accessories. The 99060 Duracator is a visual pallet lift indication device for conservation vents and allows plant personnel to detect visually the percentage of pallet lift that has occurred.
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EPA air emission rules pose challenges
A new regulatory programme from the US Environmental Protection Agency has have widespread — and potentially very costly — implications for companies that operate liquid bulk storage terminals, loading racks, and bulk plants.
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PetroChina sets its sights on the Americas
PetroChina Co Ltd will focus on storage and refining assets in the Americas this year, as part of its plan to establish three overseas operation centres to facilitate trade, chairman Jiang Jiemin told China Daily.
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Oiltanking Americas acquires UBT
Bulk Handling USA, Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oiltanking Holding Americas, Inc, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 100 percent of US United Bulk Terminal, LLC (UBT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Maritime Group, LLC (UMG).
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Expanding ECHO
Enterprise Products Partners’ Enterprise Crude Houston (ECHO) is expanding storage capacity in Houston. The construction will increase the company’s crude oil storage to approximately 6 million barrels and is scheduled to begin service in the second half of 2012. The structures are part of a 37-acre facility.
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Shamrock opens in Latvia
Cyprus-based Shamrock Shipping and Trading has put into operation two additional storage tanks in Latvia. The chemical storage facility, consisting of mild-steel tanks of 400-3,000 cbm, can tranship, store and repack base oils, finished lubricants, petroleum and chemical products, with total capacity of 19,000 cbm or about 160,000 barrels.
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TEPSA adds to Valencia site
Spanish group TEPSA has extended its storage capacity of 114,000 cbm in Valencia. The extension consists of two new plants 53,000 cbm and 61,000 cbm for petroleum products and biofuels.
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Free trial for Safeload
Fort Vale exhibited its Safeload API bottom loading couplers and range of Drytyt dry disconnect couplings for fuel and chemical transfer at ILTA 2012.
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Expansion at TEAS Terminal
Brazil’s Terminal Exportador de Alcool de Santos SA (TEAS) is expanding its facilities. Storage capacity will be doubled up as well as its operational performance.
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Motiva switches heating oil
Motiva Enterprises LLC plans to switch its high sulphur diesel heating oil storage over to ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD) heating oil at its terminal in Sewaren, NJ.
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KM opens ethanol pipeline
Kinder Morgan has completed the build on its 16ins ethanol pipeline between its unit train facility in Linden, New Jersey, and its terminal in Carteret, NJ.
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TEPSA obtains HS certification
During the first quarter of 2012 TEPSA obtained the OHSAS 18001. The General Manager of AENOR in Catalonia, Eva Subirá, presented the certificate in TEPSA’s headquarters.
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Ethanol train facility for GA
Eco-Energy Holdings is developing an ethanol unit train and storage facility to serve the Atlanta, GA, region.
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Oiltanking to add Houston storage
Oiltanking Partners LP plans more capacity at its crude and refined products terminal in Houston, Tx, after it completes the current 1 million barrel expansion, eying an influx from the Cushing oil hub after planned pipelines come on stream.
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Tesoro transfers Martinez
Tesoro Corporation and Tesoro Logistics LP said that Tesoro Corporation has contributed the Martinez Crude Oil Marine Terminal located in Martinez, CA, to Tesoro Logistics LP for the sum of $75 million.
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Rotterdam to develop new Brazilian port
Port of Rotterdam Authority, the state of Espirito Santo, the municipality of Presidente Kennedy and project developer Terminal Presidente Kennedy (TPK) signed an agreement in Vitoria, Brazil for the development of Porto Central, a ‘greenfield port’ located in the extreme south of Espirito Santo state, to the north of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
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Tight for space
Norway’s Stolt-Nielsen is the frontrunner to win a contract to develop land and build storage for up to 4 million barrels of oil and chemicals on Singapore’s Jurong Port, according to Reuters.
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KNOC pushes hub facility in Ulsan
Korea National Oil Corporation’s scheme to develop Yeosu, South Jeolla Province into an oil hub for northeast Asia has begun is starting to take shape.
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Biofuel slips in Rotterdam
In 2011 the throughput of biofuels at Port of Rotterdam decreased by 6 percent compared with 2010, to 4.3 million tonnes.
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Egyptian refinery hit by explosion
The Nasr Petroleum Company’s refinery at Suez suffered a large explosion and fire on 14 April. Four people were killed and 22 others injured at an oil storage facility on the refinery site.
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Magellan expands crude shipping
Magellan Midstream Partners plans to expand crude oil shipping capacity to 225,000 bpd from West Texas to its East Houston terminal for delivery to Houston and Texas City-area refineries on the company’s pipeline system.
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KM, El Paso merger expected to close May
Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI) expects to close its acquisition of El Paso Corporation (EP) in May.
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TransCanada open season for Keystone Hardisty
TransCanada Corporation launched an open season to obtain binding commitments for the Keystone Hardisty Terminal, which will be located at the major crude oil terminal hub in Hardisty, Alberta.
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Fujairah storage nears completion
Gulf Petrochem Group reports that the first phase of its 1.2 million cbm storage terminal in Fujairah is on track for completion in September 2012.
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Capacity shortage stunts Rwanda
Rwanda is set to expand its fuel storage facilities by 150 million litres.
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Martin, KM rail terminal
Kinder Morgan and Martin Midstream are to build a rail terminal in West Texas to service the oil and natural gas industries of the Permian Basin.
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Oiltanking to add Houston storage
Oiltanking Partners LP plans more capacity at its crude and refined products terminal in Houston, Tx, after it completes the current 1 million barrel expansion, eying an influx from the Cushing oil hub after planned pipelines come on stream.
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Sinopec Luoyang hopes to build commercial storage
Sinopec Luoyang Co is proposing to build a facility to store 4.5 million tons of crude oil. Luoyang refinery expects to process 8 million tons of crude in 2012, up 33% on last year.
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Condor in Kazakh terminal deal
Condor Petroleum Inc has signed of a Letter of Intent to purchase a 90% interest in an existing oil storage and rail terminal in Kazakhstan. The oil terminal is located 12 km northwest of Condor’s Zharkamys West 1 Contract Territory.
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Conoco-Phillips adds tank at Moses Lake
Conoco-Phillips is adding a new tank at its gasoline and fuel distribution terminal on Stratford Road near Moses Lake.
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Blackwater Georgia announces tank expansion
Blackwater Georgia, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackwater Midstream Corp, has announced a phase I expansion at its Brunswick, Georgia terminal that will add an additional 60,000 barrels of chemical storage capacity at the site under a long term lease with a new customer. The project is being 100% financed by Blackwater Midstream’s senior lender, JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA.
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Shell, LBC in bitumen venture
Shell and LBC Tank Terminals have signed an agreement for the construction and operation of two bitumen storage facilities to be located at the LBC terminals in Nantes and Bayonne, both in France.
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CP starts Sask. crude shipping
Rail operator Canadian Pacific has started shipping crude oil from a new loading facility in Lloydminister, Saskatchewan, and hopes to expand the operation later this year.
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Tanger Med opens
A storage terminal has been inaugurated at port of Tanger Med, Morocco, which is fast becoming a major transhipment port for containers destined for continental Europe. The terminal is located at the entrance to the Mediterranean across the Gibraltar Straits from Spain. Some 70,000 ships cross each year which the developers say give the terminal a strategic position for bunkering and trading.
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From Belgium to Guadeloupe
Engineering and steel construction project contractor Geldof has won a new contract with French electricity supplier EDF. The work is to replace 18 storage tanks at an electricity power plant in Guadeloupe, a French territory in the Caribbean. The contract is worth around €8 million.
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Aral terminal inaugurated
Tethys Petroleum inaugurated of its Aral Oil Terminal (AOT), a storage and rail loading facility for shipments from the company’s Doris oilfield into the Kazakh rail system.
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Namibia looks for more capacity
The Namibian government, through its petroleum company Namcor, has reportedly purchased a 28,000 ha lot from the Walvis Bay Municipality with a view to building a 70 cbm capacity storage facility.
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Railcar expansion at Nederland
Sunoco Logistics Partners has put forward a proposal to construct a new railcar storage facility at its Nederland, TX, terminal.
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Buckeye buys in NY
Buckeye Partners subsidiary Buckeye Tank Terminals is to acquire the Chevron USA marine terminal facility in New York harbour for US$260 million in cash. The facility, which sits on approximately 250 acres on the Arthur Kill in Perth Amboy, NJ, has over four million barrels of tankage, four docks, and significant undeveloped land available for potential expansion.
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California dreaming
Commodity management firm Gavilon is to construct an edible oil processing, transloading and storage facility in Stockton, California. The company will partner with Singapore-based agribusiness Wilmar International Limited to import and process palm, coconut and palm kernel oils to serve the California and neighbouring West Coast markets.
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CB&I contract
CB& has been awarded a contract, valued in excess of US$60 million by Battleground Oil Specialty Terminal Company, LLC (BOSTCO) for the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of storage tanks and associated works for its grassroots black oil storage terminal on the Houston Ship Channel.
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Motherwell Bridge & PROjEN in alliance
Storage tank and gas holder specialist Motherwell Bridge is embarking on a groundbreaking alliance with professional services firm PROjEN and will become the first contractor to offer a complete suite of tank storage services from concept to handover.
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Fort Vale on video
Component manufacturer Fort Vale has launched a catalogue of informative technical videos on the video viewing and sharing website ‘Vimeo.com’.
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Rangeland expands at Bakken
Rangeland Energy has once more increased capacity at its Bakken crude oil rail terminal in North Dakota to meet growing demand ahead of its official opening in May.
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Vopak-Stolt JV plans India terminal
Reports suggest that Vopak and Stolt-Nielsen are planning a joint venture to build a US$120 million storage terminal at Mundra port, Gujarat, India. The capacity of the new facility is yet to be decided. An executive at Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd, the company that runs Mundra port, confirmed to financial media that it was discussing a proposal with Vopak to set up the terminal.
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Alinda Capital acquires Houston Fuel Oil Terminal
Alinda Capital Partners have acquired 100 percent ownership of Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company (HFOTCO) from AL Gulf Coast Terminals, an investment affiliate controlled by ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC. Terms of the transaction were not released.
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1,000 accident-free days
Austrian oil company OMV’s Schwechat Refinery and the associated Lobau Tank Farm report that no working days were lost due to industrial accidents among employees for a period of more than 1,000 days. This means that around 3.5 million accident-free hours have been attained.
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Pertamina’s Riau Islands terminal
Indonesia’s state oil and gas firm PT Pertamina is to set up a new fuel terminal on Sambu island, Riau Islands, with a total capacity of 300,000 kilolitres in a bid to strengthen the national fuel stock.
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Holly tankage sale
HollyFrontier Corporation has completed the sale to Holly Energy Partners of pipeline, tankage, loading rack and crude receiving assets at HollyFrontier’s El Dorado, Kansas and Cheyenne, Wyoming, US refineries for US$340 million.
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KM expands at Edmonton
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is to invest approximately US$210 million to construct seven tanks with a storage capacity of 2.4 million barrels for crude oil and condensate at its Edmonton Terminal in Strathcona County, Alberta, Canada.
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StocExpo changes hands
London-based trade show organiser easyFairs, has announced the acquisition of the Storage Terminal Operators’ Conference & Exhibition (StocExpo), a portfolio of international events for the bulk liquid storage sector.
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SE energy hub opens
DP World’s London Gateway and Shell celebrated the official opening of a state of the art tanker jetty at London Gateway which will deliver a quarter of all aviation fuel to airports in South East England from Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, UK.
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Fujairah govt to buy storage stake
UAE-based oil trader Gulf Petrochem has agreed to sell a 12 percent stake in its planned oil storage terminal to the government of Fujairah.
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Shell’s China JV to build in Tianjin
A joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell’s China units and Tianjin State Farms Agribusiness Group Co is to build a 200,000 cbm oil products storage facility in Tianjin.
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New China JV for Odfjell
Odfjell SE is to enter into a joint venture via its subsidiary Odfjell Terminals Asia Pte Ltd (Singapore), with Tianjin Economic-Technology Development Area (TEDA) via its subsidiary Nangang Port Company, to develop a terminal and marine facilities for bulk liquid chemicals, petroleum products and gases in the Nangang Industrial Zone (Tianjin) in China.
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Jet fuel competition
Gazpromneft Aero has put into operation a refuelling complex at the Ulyanovsk-Vostochny international airport, Russia. The first refuelling operation was made for an AN-124 Ruslan aircraft operated by heavyt lift cargo carrier Polet.
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Verwater to build Argos extension
Argos Terminals has appointed specialist tank construction and maintenance firm Verwater to build Tank Pit 18 at its Rotterdam site, with a total capacity of 200,000 cbm and all related work.
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Alinda acquires Houston terminal
Alinda Capital Partners has announced the acquisition of Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company through investment funds managed by Alinda.
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Mitsui connects to Immingham bioethanol hub
A significant new contract between Simon Storage and global trading company Mitsui & Co Deutschland will see bioethanol being stored at Simon’s Immingham West Terminal.
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Aerofuels Group in Tomsk
Russian specialist aviation fuels group Aerofuels has bought one of the largest petroleum storage depots in the Tomsk Region located near the airport of Tomsk.
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Ethanol train and storage facility for Eco-Energy
Eco-Energy Holdings is developing an ethanol unit train and storage facility in conjunction with its partner J.T. Russell & Sons, Inc at its current ethanol distribution facility located in Denton, North Carolina.
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Summa wins tender for Europoort West
A consortium led by Russia’s Summa Group has won the tender to construct and operate the new tank terminal Europoort West at Port of Rotterdam.
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Stolt to buy Den Hartogh terminal
Den Hartogh Logistics is selling its storage terminal in Moerdijk, Netherlands, to Stolt-Nielsen. The transaction is expected to close, subject to agreement on final contract, on 31 December 2011.
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Vopak opens Amsterdam Westpoort
Vopak Terminal Amsterdam Westpoort was inaugurated last month by Carolien Gehrels, vice mayor of Amsterdam; Dertje Meijer, president and CEO of Port of Amsterdam; and Eelco Hoekstra, chairman of the Vopak executive board.
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Statoil takes space
Oiltanking Terneuzen has signed a long-term storage contract with Statoil. The agreement, which will go into effect in 2013, will strengthen Oiltanking’s position in the ARA hub for oil and chemicals and reinforce Statoil’s trading portfolio in northwest Europe.
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Rubis expands capacity
Rubis Tank Terminal is expanding capacity in Rotterdam Botlek with four mild steel tanks of 6,300 cbm each. They can be used for chemicals and/or biofuels.
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BORCO first phase complete
Buckeye Partners says it has completed the first phase of its expansion of its 14.5 million barrel BORCO storage facility on Grand Bahamas Island.
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Equatorial Guinea terminal on target
Equatorial Guinea could see construction start on a proposed $690 million oil storage terminal in the second half of next year, becoming operational by end-2013, the West African country’s oil minister told news agencies.
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Thermal and Dispersion Modelling in Less Than Ten Easy Steps
CPD Limited has developed a series of modelling applications to assist fire fighters, hazmat teams, HSE managers, engineers, consultants and the police with emergency management.
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Yara opens DEF terminal in Houston
Yara North America Inc, the world’s largest diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) producer, has announced the opening of its new storage terminal in Houston, Texas.
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Z Energy adds tanks
Z Energy has commissioned 30 million litres of new fuel storage on New Zealand’s South Island. The new storage tanks are situated at Port of Lyttelton, and ‘Z’ has committed to at least NZ$10 million of additional investment in South Island’s storage infrastructure over the coming two years.
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