TULSA, Okla. and SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) (Magellan) and Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) (Valero) announced today the expansion and joint development of the marine storage facility currently under construction along the Houston Ship Channel in Pasadena, Texas. The Pasadena facility, which will handle petroleum products, including multiple grades of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, and renewable fuels, will be owned by a limited liability company that is owned 50/50 by Magellan and Valero and will initially include 5 million barrels of storage, truck loading facilities and 2 proprietary ship docks.
As previously announced in July 2016, phase 1 of this facility is already under construction, which includes approximately 1 million barrels of storage and a new marine dock capable of handling Panamax-sized ships or barges with up to a 40-foot draft. This first phase will now be owned by the jointly-owned company.
Further, this facility will be expanded by an incremental 4 million barrels of storage, a 3-bay truck rack and a second marine dock capable of handling Aframax-sized vessels with up to a 45-foot draft (phase 2). After completion of this expansion, the Pasadena facility will be connected via pipeline to Valero's refineries in Houston and Texas City, Texas and the Colonial and Explorer pipelines in addition to the already planned connection to Magellan's Galena Park terminal facility.
Combined, phases 1 and 2 of the Pasadena marine terminal are currently estimated to cost approximately $820 million, which will be funded equally by capital contributions from Magellan and Valero. With the new arrangement, Magellan's incremental capital spending will be approximately $75 million more than its previous spending estimates of $335 million for phase 1 alone. Both phases are fully contracted with long-term customer commitments.
Magellan currently serves as construction manager and will serve as operator once construction is complete. Phase 1 of the new terminal is expected to be operational in early 2019, with phase 2 expected to come on-line in early 2020, subject to receipt of necessary permits and regulatory approvals.
"Magellan is pleased to join forces with Valero to combine our extensive pipeline and terminals capabilities with their world-renowned refining and marketing expertise to further expand the state-of-the-art marine facility being constructed in Pasadena," said Michael Mears, Magellan's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Demand for refined products from the Gulf Coast continues to grow, and together, we are well-positioned to continue expanding our marine capabilities to meet this demand from both domestic and international markets."
"Valero is excited about this opportunity to work with an exceptional organization like Magellan to jointly develop this flexible and well-positioned terminal," said Joe Gorder, Valero's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "This project provides another example of our commitment to growing our portfolio of logistics capabilities to support our long-term strategy of expanding and extending our supply chain."
If warranted by additional demand, the new Pasadena facility could be expanded to include an incremental 5 million barrels of storage, another 3 docks and expanded truck loading capacity, for a maximum footprint of up to 10 million barrels of total storage and up to 5 docks. All future expansions are expected to be owned by the jointly-owned company.
About Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.
Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) is a publicly traded partnership that primarily transports, stores and distributes refined petroleum products and crude oil. Magellan owns the longest refined petroleum products pipeline system in the country, with access to nearly 50% of the nation's refining capacity, and can store approximately 100 million barrels of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel and crude oil. More information is available at www.magellanlp.com.
Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and other petrochemical products. Valero, a Fortune 50 company based in San Antonio, Texas, with approximately 10,000 employees, is an independent petroleum refiner and ethanol producer, and its assets include 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.1 million barrels per day and 11 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.4 billion gallons per year. The petroleum refineries are located in the United States (U.S.), Canada and the United Kingdom (U.K.), and the ethanol plants are located in the Mid-Continent region of the U.S. In addition, Valero owns the 2 percent general partner interest and a majority limited partner interest in Valero Energy Partners LP, a midstream master limited partnership. Valero sells its products in both the wholesale rack and bulk markets, and approximately 7,400 outlets carry Valero's brand names in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland. Please visit www.valero.com for more information.
Portions of this document constitute forward-looking statements as defined by federal law. Although management of Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. and Valero Energy Corporation (the "companies") believe any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes will not be materially different. Among the key risk factors associated with the project that may have a direct impact on the companies' results of operations and financial condition are: (1) the ability to obtain required rights-of-way, permits and other approvals on a timely basis; (2) the ability to complete construction of the projects on time and at expected costs; (3) price fluctuations and overall demand for refined petroleum products; (4) the occurrence of an operational hazard or unforeseen interruption; (5) disruption in the debt and equity markets that negatively impacts the companies' abilities to finance capital spending and (6) willingness to incur or failure of customers or vendors to meet or continue contractual obligations. Additional information about issues that could lead to material changes in performance is contained in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for both companies. You are urged to carefully review and consider the cautionary statements and other disclosures made in those filings, especially under the heading "Risk Factors." The companies undertake no obligation to revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after today's date.
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