India, S. Arabia in New Petro Relationship
India and Saudi Arabia have decided to expand its ‘energy relationship’ into next phase to include Saudi partnership in building additional crude oil storage reserves in India, a new refinery on the west coast of India and investment in retail sector in petroleum.Saudi Arabia is its second-biggest supplier of crude oil after Iraq. It sold 40.33 million tonnes of crude oil to India in 2018-19 fiscal, when the country had imported 207.3 million tonnes of oil.India imports around 18 per cent of its crude oil from the Kingdom…
KNOT Signs Charter Contract with Total
Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS (KNOT), a NYK Group company, has concluded a time-charter contract for a maximum 15-year period starting from 2021 for a shuttle tanker with French oil and gas giant Total for its Brazilian activities.The contract aims to use a 152,000 DWT Suezmax tanker equipped with a dynamic-positioning system built in China by COSCO (Zhoushan) Shipyard Co., Ltd. to shuttle crude oil produced in waters off Brazil.Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS (KNOT) is a joint venture company between NYK (which has a 50 percent share) and TS Shipping Invest AS (TSSI)…
MODEC Unveils New FPSO Designs
Japanese floating production specialist MODEC has developed a pair of next generation new build hull designs for floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels developed in partnership with Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding, targeting greater production and storage capacity.As a result of increases in required crude oil and gas production capacities, FPSO topsides have become bigger and heavier, which has led to insufficient deck space area and insufficient crude oil storage capacity on on converted very large crude carriers (VLCC), MODEC said.
Moda Midstream Announces Ingleside VLCC Berth Upgrades
Liquids terminaling and logistics provider Moda Midstream announced it has successfully commissioned upgrades to Berth 2A at the Moda Ingleside Energy Center (MIEC) in Ingleside, Texas, to enable loading of very large crude carriers (VLCCs).Moda developed these upgrades to provide existing and potential customers the ability to safely and cost-effectively load VLCCs at rates of up to 80,000 barrels per hour.“Today we are loading our fourth VLCC at MIEC since late December,” said Moda President and CEO Bo McCall. “With today’s commissioning of our upgrades to Berth 2A, we now have the U.S.
POTAC Signs Dock Usage Pact with Port of Corpus Christi
POTAC (Pin Oak) announced the execution of a ten year exclusive use agreement for Suezmax vessels at Public Oil Dock 14 with the Port of Corpus Christi, including extension options, exercisable by the Company, which could extend the agreement for up to an additional ten years.In addition to Suezmax vessels, Pin Oak will be able to efficiently load / unload Aframax, Panamax, and other smaller vessels and barges. This agreement follows the commencement of construction on Pin Oak's nine pipelines crossing under the Corpus Christi Ship Channel…
KNOT Concludes TC Contract for Two Shuttle Tankers
Norway-headquartered Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers (KNOT) has concluded a time-charter contract for two shuttle tankers with Equinor ASA for a maximum 20-year period starting in the second quarter of 2020.KNOT is a NYK Group company, in which NYK has a 50 percent share.The contract aims to use two 152,000 DWT Suezmax tankers equipped with dynamic-positioning systems built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. to shuttle crude oil produced in waters off Brazil.Upon commencement of this contract…
Gunvor Halts Refinery Upgrade for New Shipping Fuels
Global energy trader Gunvor Group has put on hold plans to upgrade its Rotterdam refinery that intended to make the plant more competitive ahead of new global rules on shipping fuel quality, it said on Tuesday, citing market conditions.Global oil and shipping companies are looking at options to cope with the new standards that come into effect in 2020.The U.N. International Maritime Organization (IMO) will ban ships using fuel with a sulphur content higher than 0.5 percent, compared to 3.5 percent now…
Libya Oil Output Slashed by Port Attacks
Libya has lost some 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil production in recent days because of militant attacks at the Ras Lanuf and Es Sider ports, the head of the National Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sanalla, said on Tuesday.Sanalla said there were still militants present in the area of the terminals, which were closed on Thursday following an early morning attack by opponents of eastern-based Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar."We look to fight the fire first of all, stabilise the situation…
Buckeye Partners JV Announces Marine Terminal in Texas
Buckeye Partners announced the formation of a joint venture with Phillips 66 Partners and Andeavor to develop a new deep-water, open access marine terminal in Ingleside, Texas. The South Texas Gateway Terminal will be constructed on a 212 acre waterfront parcel at the mouth of Corpus Christi Bay. The facility is positioned to serve as the primary outlet for crude oil and condensate volumes delivered off of the planned Gray Oak pipeline from the Permian Basin. The terminal, to be constructed and operated by Buckeye…
Matrix Global Plans U.S. Crude Storage Deal
Matrix plans sweet crude storage futures at LOOP. Matrix Global Holdings is planning to start up an oil storage futures contract for low-sulphur crude oil that will enable companies to build up supplies for export cargoes, as Asia looks for more crude imports from the United States. The contract will give holders access to low-sulphur, or sweet, crude oil storage space at the Clovelly, Louisiana, terminal operated the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP). The contract is expected to start up in about six months, Richard Redoglia, Matrix's chief executive officer told Reuters.
Gothenburg Port's Second Oil Storage Cavern Commissioned
A new underground cavern is being brought into operation at the Port of Gothenburg. The cavern is 600,000 cubic metres in size and will be used for interim storage of crude oil. The operator will be the independent storage company Scandinavian Tank Storage. Located immediately beside the Port of Gothenburg is an underground storage facility. Gothenburg Port Authority has two caverns at its disposal, each 600,000-800,000 cubic metres in size. One of them was opened for crude oil storage in 2009. The second is about to be brought into operation.
Gibson to Build 900,000b Crude Storage in Alberta
Canadian oil storage and transport company Gibson Energy Inc said on Monday it is building 900,000 barrels of crude oil storage at its terminal in Hardisty, Alberta, after receiving sufficient support from shippers. The company will build a 500,000 barrel tank backed by a long-term contract with Teck Resources Ltd, a partner in the Fort Hills oil sands project and a new customer for Gibson Energy, and another 400,000 tank. The new storage is expected to be in service by mid-2017. RBC Capital Markets strategist Robert Kwan said against the backdrop of weak benchmark crude prices, Gibson Energy's ability to sign long-term contracts with customers to underpin of new storage should be viewed as a positive.
First Supertanker Docks at Vopak-Dialog Terminal
A supertanker carrying about 1 million barrels of Middle East crude docked on Monday at a terminal jointly run by Vopak and Dialog Group in Malaysia, the companies said. The arrival of tanker MT Mesdar marked the start of operations at southeast Asia's first commercial crude oil tank farm. The tanker had been chartered by CSSA, the shipping arm of French oil major Total, and it loaded the crude cargo at Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates in February, Reuters shipping data showed. Located in Pengerang, in the southern state of Johor, just across the Johor Strait from the Singapore trading hub, the site can hold 420,000 cubic metres of crude (2.6 million barrels) and also offers blending and distribution services.
Enterprise: Clients Must Pay for Dock Work
Enterprise Products Partners LP said on Wednesday that companies using its crude oil storage facility in the Houston Ship Channel must pay extra for dock services, brushing off complaints from client BP Plc . "We believe if you want a service, you pay for it," Enterprise Chief Operating Officer Jim Teague told analysts when asked about concerns, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, that the company's strong position in Gulf Coast storage gives it too much pricing power. Britain's BP has reportedly told the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that Enterprise, a major midstream company, has started charging $1 a barrel in dock fees for crude it handles at the Houston site, on top of storage fees. Since Houston is the top U.S. petrochemicals port, the dock fees could add up to big revenue.
KNOT Purchases 3 Shuttle Tankers from J. Lauritzen
Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS (KNOT; headquarters: Haugesund, Norway), of which NYK has a 50 percent share, has officially reached an agreement with J. After delivery to NYK, Dan Eagle is assigned to a five-year time-charter for Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. Since their respective deliveries from the shipyard in 2011 and 2012, Dan Cisne and Dan Sabia have each been engaged in a 12-year time-charter for Petrobras Transporte S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Petrobras SA., and these two shuttle tankers will continue to provide this service.
Shuttle Tankship Pair Named for KNOT
Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS (KNOT) (headquartered in Norway) in which Japan's NYK has a 50% share, held a naming ceremony for two 'winterized' DP2 tankships under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard. The two 123,000 dwt Suezmax shuttle tankers, which are equipped with a class 2 dynamic positioning system and a bow-loading system, were named Hilda Knutsen and Torill Knutsen. The first-named will be delivered at the end of July 2013, and Torill Knutsen will arrive at the end of September.
New Terminal to Provide US Port of Albany Crude Oil Storage
Buckeye Partners, sign a multi-year agreement with an Irving Oil subsidiary for multi-million barrel storage facility in Port of Albany on the Hudson River. The approximately 1.8-million barrel storage facility located within the Port of Albany along the Hudson River is expected to begin handling crude oil on November 1, 2012. Buckeye plans to make modifications to the Albany terminal that, once completed, will allow the terminal to handle both crude oil and ethanol unit-trains with a total capacity in excess of 135,000 barrels per day. "Rail transport has become a critical component of the logistics chain as domestic crude oil production has increased significantly," said Clark C. Smith, Buckeye's President and Chief Executive Officer.
Conoco Forms GOM Shuttle Tanker Alliance
Conoco has taken another step toward safe movement of newly discovered crude oil reserves from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to U.S. refineries by shuttle tankers built in the United States. Conoco's wholly owned affiliate, Seahorse Shuttling and Technology LLC (Seahorse), has formalized an alliance with the Alabama Shipyard of Mobile, Ala., and Samsung Heavy Industries of Korea to develop a design and construction plan that could have American-built shuttle tankers ready for service in 2004. Seahorse was formed by Conoco to provide crude oil storage and tanker shuttling services for new oil discoveries made by Conoco and other companies in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
Local Yards Start to Feel the Impact
The U.S. Gulf of Mexico region is again poised to prosper, spurred by the buzz of activity surrounding the oil patch, and specifically the renewed vigor with which companies will explore and develop deepwater fields for the production of natural resources. Though the resumption of business at "full throttle" has taken perhaps a bit longer than many observers would have initially predicted, particularly given the continued high price of oil and gas and the "pro" oil industry political team occupying the White House, it is a safe bet that, at least for the next several years, the offshore oil business will ensure that the marine business in the GOM region is a prosperous one.
Statoil Mulls Navion Sale
Norway's Statoil is considering options for its loss-making shipping arm Navion, including selling the group or divesting some activities such as floating production or drill ships. Navion was formed in 1997 between Statoil, which holds 80 percent, and Norwegian shipping firm Rasmussen. Assets include around 12 shuttle tankers, a crude oil storage vessel, two production vessels and a drilling ship. Statoil has stated from the outset that it wanted to reduce its stake in Navion. But attempts to find a third party to join the Statoil-Rasmussen partnership were thwarted by poor tanker markets, weak oil prices, delays to oil project start ups and huge cost overruns to build the Navion I drilling ship. "Now we have a more pragmatic approach.
Astano Delivers Discoverer Spirit
Astano, the Astilleros Españoles offshore construction yard, has sent off Discoverer Spirit to American owner and operator Transocean Offshore. The second of a trio of ultradeep waters dual-drilling monohull vessels, Spirit departed on October 6 for the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel joins Discoverer Enterprise - the first member of the series. The last part of the series, Discover Deep Seas is currently under construction. Scheduled for operation in the Gulf of Mexico by Transocean for U.S.-based Unocal, Discover Spirit boasts the cost-effective Astano design, which is identical to Discover Enterprise. The vessel measures 837 ft. (255 m) and has a breadth of 125 ft. (38 m) with a crude oil storage capacity of 144,000 bb/d.
Astano Delivers Discoverer Spirit
Astano, the Astilleros Españoles offshore construction yard, has sent off Discoverer Spirit to American owner and operator Transocean Offshore. The second of a trio of ultradeep waters dual-drilling monohull vessels, Spirit departed for the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel joins Discoverer Enterprise - the first member of the series. The last vessel of the series, Discover Deep Seas is currently under construction. Scheduled for operation in the Gulf of Mexico by Transocean for U.S.-based Unocal, Discover Spirit boasts the cost-effective Astano design, which is identical to Discover Enterprise. The vessel measures 837 ft. and has a breadth of 125 ft. with a crude oil storage capacity of 144,000 bb/d.