Stolt-Nielsen S.A. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Stolthaven Terminals BV (Stolthaven), signed a partnership agreement with CITIC Daxie Development Co. in Ningbo, China to establish a joint venture to design, construct, own and operate a state-of-the-art chemical and oil products terminal on Daxie Island, China. Stolthaven and CITIC Daxie Development Co. will each own 50% of the newly formed joint venture company, Stolthaven Ningbo, Ltd.
The initial phase of development is anticipated to include the construction of 23 storage tanks
, with a total capacity of 204,000 cubic meters at a total estimated investment of $44 million. Stolthaven's share of the initial investment is $22 million. The terminal is expected to be operational in 2008.