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Below is a random listing of external events, categorized monthly, which could influence the supply and pricing of petroleum products on the U.S. West Coast.  Drawing conclusions and assigning significance to these events is the responsibility of the viewer.

 

 

 
 

     2017                                                                                                                                       (-5/-10)

Jan.
  •  AQMD is preparing Rule 1410 which will eventually ban the PBF and Valero refineries in So Cal  from using hydrofluoric acid in the alkylation units.  .

 

     2016                                                                                                                                       (-5/-10)

July
  •  PBF closes on its purchase of the ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery.

April
  •  Chevron announces sale of its refinery in Hawaii.

 

     2015                                                                                                                                       

Nov.
  •  Tesoro Logistics purchases 6.6 million barrels of tankage from Tesoro Refining.

Oct.
  • Propel Fuels  announces that it will sell renewable diesel at 18 of its stations in Northern California.    

  •  ExxonMobil announces the sale of its Torrance Refinery to PBF for $538 million including all its  pipelines and crude oil supply facilities. 

Sept.
  • SB 350 will be signed into law by Governor Brown and will renewable fuel use by 50% in 2030 but without the mandatory 50% cuts in gasoline consumption. 

April
  • Plains Pipeline Company was cited by the EPA for not having the necessary permits and using the best available technology for building its crude oil, rail unloading facility in Bakersfield.  The facility was not shut down but will be fined on a daily basis until the environmental issues are resolved. 

Aug.
  • CC&T credits will languish for the next 5 years only going up in value the mandated 5% plus CPI.

 

     2014                                                                                                                                   

Sept.
  • Exxon Mobil  has put its Torrance Refinery up for sale.

  • Chemoil  announced it is discontinuing its biofuels trading after 11 traders quit..

July
  • Chemoil  announced layoffs of 50% of its San Francisco office.

June
  • Tesoro Logistics  announced $270 million to purchase 3 terminals and a pipeline from Tesoro in the Northwest and Alaska.

  • North Pole Refinery (Koch) is scheduled to shut down the last 2 remaining operation units at its Alaska Refinery  in the next couple months.

  • ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery is rumored to be for sale due to the onslaught of carbon regulations being implemented in California.

May
  • Tesoro announced delays on its crude 80 MBPD  train unloading facility in Vancouver beginning mid 2015.

March
  • Chemoil announced that is will enter the gasoline trading business in Los Angeles along with government marine and jet fuel business.

     

  • CARB has presented a LCFS reauthorization paper which could also reduce the carbon emissions of some biofuels based on indirect land use. 

February
  • Chemoil announced that it will purchase all remaining shares on the Singapore stock exchange.

  • Tesoro outlines its strategic plan at a bank conference.  It includes cost advantaged crude, reconfiguration of the Wilmington and Carson refineries, and development of a crude rail unloading facility in the Northwest.

 

     2013 

August
  • ExxonMobil Torrance will be optimized for distillate production at the expense of gasoline production for $600 million in 2015.

June
  • Bakken Crude is forcing out crude imports on the West Coast with 600,000 MBPD unload capacity by 2015..

May
  • Valero Rail Spur in Wilmington to handle Canadian crude is applied for with SCAQMD.

  • Tesoro will not offer fuels storage in SoCal for third party use after taking over BP's terminalling facilities on June 1.

  • Tesoro  completes purchase of BP SoCal assets.

May
April.
  • TESORO & Savage Companies announced planes to build a 120,000 MBPD rail unloading facility in Vancouver Washington to supply the WC with crude oil.

  • TESORO to purchase 1 MR-sized cargo per month of gasoline from SK to supply Hawaii.

  • KM follow-up on January announcement to move to marine operations to Chemoil.

Mar.
  • VALERO announces its 2013 RIN costs could be $500 to $750 million.  The current RIN cost could cause more exports and less imports.  Valero recommends that the blender also be an obligated party.

Jan.

 

     2012 

Dec.
Nov.
  • Tesoro Corporation has closed the sale of the Anacortes rail unloading facility to Tesoro Logistics LP for a total of of $180 million.

  • On Nov. 24, the first results of the CARB Cap & Trade Auction was completed.  23 million 2013 vintage allowances were auctioned for a mean price of$13.75.  Only 5.5 million of Advanced Auction 2015 allowances were successfully auctioned. 

  • California’s cap and trade program was designed to extract money from large industries and transfer it to California. There is no provision under AB32 that approves this as future lawsuits will make clear.

  • Alon suspends refinery operations at It Paramount and Bakersfield facilities due to economic conditions..

Sept.
August
  • Cosmo announces it will no longer post wholesale rack diesel prices and is withdrawing from the market. 

  • Valero's  plan to spin-off its retail assets from its refinery assets has led to a credit downgrade as refinery margins are much more volatile than that of the combined refinery and retail assets.

May
  • Westport will shut down its Pasadena office and consolidate trading in London.

March
  • BP will allow the leases on 130 Thrifty Stations  to expire and keep 790 stations. 

  • Tesoro MLP will purchase the 425 MB Tesoro Martinez refinery crude oil terminal for $75 million.  That's $176 per barrel.  

Feb.
Jan.
  • ALON is searching for another oil company to take over its 200MB of products tankage at KM Caron due to an extended shutdown at its refineries in SoCal.  There doesn't appear to be any demand for tanks..

  • Tesoro announced its plan to sell it Hawaii Refinery. Additional article.

  • A federal district court judge issued an injunction against CARB's enforcement of  LCFS.

  • EIA announces US daily gasoline demand down.

 

     2011 

Dec.
  • Alon announces it will turnaround its 15 MBPD hydrocracker in Bakersfield which receive gasoil from its Paramount refinery by truck..

  • Trafigura announces it will discontinue trading gasoline and distillates in the WC market.  They will also attempt to sublease out 500,000 to 1 million bbls of storage in the Bay.

  • Nice write-up on California Cap & Trade.

  • The IEA Refinery Forecast forecasts an 8.7 million barrel worldwide distillation capacity increase to 101.5 million bbls/day by 2016, down 900.000 BPD from their last forecast.

  • The Cellulosic Ethanol Debacle is a result of the federal government believing that if you mandate and subsidize it, they will build it...wrong.

  • WSPA forecasts that the LCFS will cost Californians $54 billion between now and 2020.

  • ExxonMobil  forecasts energy demand will increase 30% over the next 30 years.  EM goes on to forecast that half the vehicles will by hybrids by 2040.

Nov.
  • Itochu  to complete $20.65 million buy out of IPC.  Chemoil also sold its share to Itochu.

Oct.
SEPT.
  • Chevron will be able to collect reimbursement from a franchisee who filed a frivolous law suit against the company.

  • The CEC announces plans to market gasoline through 290 LCFS stations in Southern California.

  • Holly/Frontier is completing a 60 MBPD pipeline that will deliver gasoline from Salt Lake City refiners to SW Utah and Las Vegas. 

  • Tesoro announces plans to market gasoline through 290 Thrifty stations in Southern California.

  • Europe's Cap & trade will cost airlines 1.2 billion Euro in 2012.

  • BP is proposing a partnership with Reliance Industries that may provide Reliance a competitive advantage in purchasing BP's Carson and/or Texas City Refineries.

AUGUST
JULY
JUNE
MAY
  • Glencore International said on Wednesday it is targeting gross proceeds of about $10 billion from its initial public offering on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges.

APRIL
  • Glencore will offer $9 billion to $11 billion in an IPO representing about 15% to 20% of the post-IPO issued share capital. 

MAR.
JAN.
  •  The 2011 BP ANNUAL FORECAST projects that by  2030, the contribution to energy growth of renewables (solar, wind, geothermal and biofuels) will increase from 5% to 18%.

  • U.S. EPA approved an E15 WAIVER to allow higher ethanol blends up to 15% in 2001through 2006 vehicles.

 

     2010 

DEC.
  •  The concept of Indirect land use change (ILUC) began by Environmental Defense Fund attorney Timothy Searchinger who stated “Higher prices triggered by biofuels will accelerate forest and grassland conversion [in Latin America] even if surplus croplands exist elsewhere.”

NOV.
  • California State Lands Commission officials are concerned that seven marine oil terminal operators at the Port of L.A. will not comply with MOTEMS due to lease expiration issues.

  • Fund managers amassed a record long position in WTI crude oil futures, pushing crude futures prices to a 2 year high.

  • The defeat of Prop 23 allows AB 32 to move forward.  Prop 26's potential requirement for a two-thirds vote for approval of carbon compliance fees could derail the implementation of AB 32.

  • Proposition 23 was defeated which would have suspended California's climate change law (AB 32) and specifically the low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) until unemployment in the state falls to no more than 5.5% for four consecutive quarters.

  • California could face the prospects of paying $5/gal for gasoline if Proposition 23 is defeated which would delay the implementation of AB32. 

OCT.
  • BP selling 9 stations in LA/SD area.

  • Upon completion in 2013, the KM Carson Terminal will exceed 5.44 million barrels.

  • As many as 527 new biofuels plants will be needed, in addition to the 171 ethanol plants now working, to meet the RFS II mandate.  The cost- $168 billion.

JUNE
MAY
APRIL
  • Eleven of 12 WC pipeline shippers reached agreement with Kinder Morgan.

MARCH
  • Alon deemed most qualified by court of 6 potential buyers for the Flying J refinery.

  • The EPA is implementing regulation requiring refiners to begin reporting GHG emissions.

FEB.
  • Under RFS2, downstream blenders will no become obligated parties.

  • Chevron has announced that is plans to sell 13 refined products terminals including the Phoenix and Tucson terminals.

  • Flying J sells Bakersfield Refinery to Alon.

  • "The Environmental Protection Agency has released its updated renewable-fuel standard and confirmed that ethanol emits 21% less in greenhouse gases than gasoline when global indirect land-use change is included."  Too bad vehicles get 20% less mileage, an almost legible net gain. 

JAN.
  • IPC is the primary clean products tenant in the ChemOil CarsonTerminal which is being bought by Glencore (who competes with IPC). 

 

     2009 

DEC.
  • Valero Renewable Fuels Co. LLC has purchased three more ethanol facilities

  • Glencore is offering $233 million to purchase the family owned share of ChemOil. 

  • The EIA forecasts no increase in petroleum fuels demand growth through the year 2035.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that greenhouse gases (GHG), are air pollutants are subject to clean air regulations and is required to reduce GHGs for the sake of U.S. public health.

  • The value of derivatives traded in the United States is about 20 times the value of the entire US economy. 

OCT.
  • BP may divest of it's  one-third share in the Olympic Pipeline in the state of Washington.

  • ExxonMobil expects refining margins to decline at a 1-2% annual rate and that only photosynthetic algae has a reasonable chance of becoming a successful next generation biofuel.

  • Occidental Petroleum to buy Phibro LLC from Citigroup Inc. for about net asset value of about $250 million.

  • Vitol entered into agreement to purchase controlling interest in SemGroup Energy Partners LP (SGLP), consisting primarily of crude storage in Cushing, Oklahoma.

SEPT.
  • CARB Phase 3A gasoline is scheduled to go into effect January 1 and may have a significant long term impact on refiners due to reduced sulfur, ethanol producers due to higher ethanol demand, and importers due to the greater difficulty of finding "sweet" CARBOB in the international markets.  The new CARB model will allow suppliers to add 10% ethanol to the Phase 3 CARBOB.

JULY
JUNE
MAY
  • The California Air Resources Board in California has fined BP West Coast Products over $1 million for 17 violations of state fuel regulations,

  • Pacific Ethanol files for bankrupcy for its production operations.

  • Arizona appears to be at the forefront of North American gasoline demand destruction.

APR
  • Valero's purchase of 7 ethanol plants at 30% of construction costs will benefit as demand for ethanol catches up with production.

  • Costco has announced that it will install automated temperature compensation devices at its pumps to adjust its fuel prices in warm weather.

  • Kinder Morgan plans  to boost the Concord-to-Fresno pipeline capacity by 10,000 b/d.

  • Bankrupt Flying J is planning to sell its 70,000-b/d Bakersfield, Calif., refinery and its 700-mile-long Houston-El Paso products pipeline.

  • In addition to VeraSun, recent sales of bankrupt ethanol plants include the 50-million gal/year Gateway ethanol plant in Pratt, Kan., the 55-million gal/year Greater Ohio Ethanol plant in Lima, Ohio.

MAR
  • The head of Sempra Energy, David Messer, has resigned on Wednesday. Its joint-venture partner Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) warned that it might post a full year loss of $41 billion in 2008.

  • California's proposed low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) is more aggressive in its approach to greenhouse gas emission reduction

  • Reliance has leased 935,000 bbl of  tank capacity at Hess' Port Reading terminal. Beginning on April 1, Reliance is paying $1.68/bbl and is a delivery point for NYMEX gasoline.

  • California will implement a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010. The goal of the LCFS is to reduce carbon content of all passenger vehicle fuels in California by 10% by 2020.

FEB
  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL) says it will support the sale of 15% ethanol blends through existing service station dispensers, as long as these pumps meet current UL standards for the sale of 87-regular gasoline.

  • California will implement a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010. The goal of the LCFS is to reduce carbon content of all passenger vehicle fuels in California by 10% by 2020.

  • The International Energy Agency has been warning of a possible oil spike by 2012.  Falling demand has lead E&P companies to reduce capital expenditures.

  • In  2008, SK Energy started a new 50,000-b/d fluid catalytic cracker at its 850,000 b/d Ulsan refinery complex to supply gasoline to the West Coast.

  • Reliance Petroleum appears to opening an oil trading office in Houston which could add substantial liquidity to the Gulf Coast market.

  • Valero Energy Corp. is in the process of purchasing five Midwest ethanol plants and another under development from VeraSun Energy Corp.

JAN.
  • Shell Oil may be trying to use its leverage to put Big West, the plant it sold to in 2005, out of business.

  • Petrochemical/refining giant, LyondellBasell, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

  • Reliance Petroleum's new 580,000 b/d Jamnagar refinery is preparing to begin exporting gasoline in April. 

  • Deteriorating crack spreads may lead to refinery shutdowns.

  • Gasoline blenders  are switching back to conventional gasoline due to the high price of ethanol relative to gasoline.  RINS should increase in value.

  • President Obama has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its denial of a California waiver on green house gas regulation,

  • don't have to use ethanol in their gasoline mixtures , thanks to the most woeful economics since ethanol replaced MTBE in spring 2006.

 

     2008 

DEC.
  • Legal fees for petroleum related nuisance and liability lawsuits are out of control as oil companies defend for their financial lives as a result of blending MTBE into gasoline.  

  • Flying J. Inc. filed for bankruptcy due to the sharp decline in oil prices and turmoil in the credit markets. The bankruptcy filing also includes the Big West refining and Longhorn Pipeline.

  • India's Reliance Petroleum has delivered physical product into Singapore. Reliance is expected to make the same move into Europe and the U.S. in 2009, in conjunction with the start-up of its new 580,000 b/d Jamnagar refinery.

  • West Coast trader Trammo Petroleum will leave the West Coast marketing business by the end of the month.

  • The 2009 renewable fuel standard (RFS) will require obligated parties (Refiners and Importers) to blend a total of 11.1 billion gallons (10.2%) of renewable fuel into gasoline and diesel.

  • BP has long touted directional or "opportunistic" trading as part of a global business plan, but West Coast sources confirm that the company is now only buying and selling fuel for its system needs in PADD 5.

DEC.
  • Legal fees for petroleum related nuisance and liability lawsuits are out of control as oil companies defend for their financial lives as a result of blending MTBE into gasoline.  

  • Flying J. Inc. filed for bankruptcy due to the sharp decline in oil prices and turmoil in the credit markets. The bankruptcy filing also includes the Big West refining and Longhorn Pipeline.

  • India's Reliance Petroleum has delivered physical product into Singapore. Reliance is expected to make the same move into Europe and the U.S. in 2009, in conjunction with the start-up of its new 580,000 b/d Jamnagar refinery.

  • West Coast trader Trammo Petroleum will leave the West Coast marketing business by the end of the month.

  • The 2009 renewable fuel standard (RFS) will require obligated parties (Refiners and Importers) to blend a total of 11.1 billion gallons (10.2%) of renewable fuel into gasoline and diesel.

  • BP has long touted directional or "opportunistic" trading as part of a global business plan, but West Coast sources confirm that the company is now only buying and selling fuel for its system needs in PADD 5.

OCT.
  • Tesoro is suing the CARB over the agency's rule allowing higher ethanol blends, since the agency failed to assess the biofuel's impact on the economy and environment.

  • Of the estimated 16,800 trucks that regularly call at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles,  about 90 percent, haul containers and are subject to the ports' clean truck programs. But 2,000 or so trucks haul non-container loads to and from break-bulk, dry-bulk and liquid-bulk cargo facilities.

  • For the past couple years, the economics of oil storage has been favorable due to a forward price curve and resulted in the construction of millions of barrels of new tankage throughout the US.  However, rapidly falling prices in 2008 have resulted in very negative oil storage economics. 

SEPT.
AUGUST
  • Tesoro has quietly acknowledged that it will close 42 Mirastar sites located on Wal-Mart parking lots across the heartland and the west, leaving just 34 to survive.

  • In July, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission changed the classification of Vitol, a large oil trader, from a commercial trader to a "non-commercial" trader. As a result, non-commercial trading increased from 37% to 50% of all trading on the NYMEX. 

  • Exxon Mobil is not the largest oil company (by crude production) in the world.  However, Exxon Moil is the worlds largest "publicly" traded oil company.

JULY
MAY
  • After spending seven years and $80 million trying to bring a liquefied natural gas import terminal to the Port of Long Beach, Sound Energy Solutions is closing its offices at the end of the month.

FEB
  • The "Clean Trucks Program" was approved by the Port of Long Beach and is expected to cost over $2 billion.  The goal of the program is clean air. Trying to include the employment status of drivers in the clean air plan would invite litigation and delay the reduction of diesel emissions.

  • BP has has announced its plan to sell 153 ARCO service stations to its current dealers along with fuel supply agreements.

  • Adding U.S. production would no more benefit U.S. consumers than adding production in another part of the world since oil is bought and sold in a worldwide market, and prices are set based on the balance of worldwide supply and demand.

JAN
  • RINs  are the basic currency for compliance and trades in the Renewable Fuel Standard program. Marketers are weighing the implications of 2008's much larger RFS - 9 billion gallons, up from 4.7 billion in 2007 and higher than the former 2008 mandate of 5.4 billion.

  • SK Corp.  doubled its average jet fuel exports to the United States in 2007 to about 50,000 b/d, and expects to raise its ultra-low-sulfur diesel shipments to the U.S.

  • Earth Policy Institute has advised that "The world is facing the most severe food price inflation in history"

  • Robert Chandran, chairman and chief executive of ChemOil, died in a helicopter crash on Monday in Indonesia's Riau province. As a result the opening of the Helios Terminal Corp. storage facility has been delayed.

 

     2007 

DEC
  • Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has completed its $153 million East Line expansion that increases pipeline capacity between Texas and Arizona. The expansion replaced almost 130 miles of 8-inch diameter pipeline between El Paso, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona, with a 16-inch diameter pipe, increasing capacity on the East Line to over 200,000 barrels a day.
  • Congress passed the new Energy Bill, which would begin in 2008 and require usage of 9 billion gallons of biofuels and 11.1 billion gallons the following year.
  • Ethanol producers are suffering due to poor ethanol distribution logistics.  This is resulting in record high inventories and disastrous producer margins. 
  • Pacific Ethanol announced this morning it is suspending construction of its 50-million-gal/yr planned ethanol plant in Imperial Valley, Calif., "until the market improves."
  • A Korean tanker spilled 60,000 barrels of crude in Korean water which may lead to higher tanker rates for if South Korean ship charterers decide to dump single-hull tankers.

    The European Biodiesel Board (EBB) is initiating legal action against B99 imports which receive the $1.00 U.S. tax credit and European tax breaks and subsidies.

  • Canada's federal government said this week that it plans to make another push for legislation that would set nationwide ethanol and biodiesel content standards for most fuel within the next several years.

  • For 2008, EPA will require refiners and importers blend 4.66% renewable fuels in gasoline under the current renewable fuels standard (RFS) rules.

NOV
  • Catalyst producer Albemarle Corp., announced success in converting FCCU units at refineries into making diesel to avoid future gasoline surpluses in Europe.
  • Expansion of the TraPac terminal in the Port of LA – if approved – will be the first major development project at the port for the past seven years.
  • After 70 years, Western chain marketer Time Oil Co., will sell its stations and exit the petroleum industry.
  • The CFTC Commitments of Traders' report (COT) shows a net long position in RBOB nearly 53.6-million barrels of unleaded regular gasoline.
  • Shell faces a number of legal issues as it plans to sell the balance of its stations in SoCal..

  • Green Earth Fuels begins production of biodiesel at its 45/90 million gallon per year facility at Kinder Morgan's Galena Park terminal.

  • Kern Oil & Refining will be sold to NTR Acquisition Company (NTR), a special
    purpose acquisition company, will purchase the Kern refinery for $286.5-million.

  • Shell to sell or joint venture 1,800 retail outlets which market about 3 billion gallons of product annually in the US.

  •  Wespac announces in delay of jet fuel pipeline  to LAX Airport.

  •  New West Petroleum announces its intention to sell 29 ExxonMobil station in SoCal.

JLY
  •  ChemOil planning to construct 2 additional tanks to handle cleaner burning marine fuels at  its Long Beach Marine Terminal .

  • The Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is an executive order from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) calling for the reduction of transportation fuel by 20% and the increased use of low-carbon fuels.
  • ASTM has passed diesel conductivity standards for oil terminal.  ULSD has naturally low conductivity, which can lead to static charge buildup when diesel is pumped at fast flow rates into tanks. In a worst case scenario, combustion is possible.
  • Oregon Gov.  signed a biofuels package into law that would require 10% ethanol and 2% biodiesel blends in all gasoline and diesel fuels.
  • Alon USA Energy announced that it has finalized the purchase of the crude and unfinished products pipeline system from Kinder Morgan, known as the "Black Oil System" for $4.5 million.
  • Cosmo Oil Co. and Idemitsu Kosan Co. are beginning to export petroleum products such as gasoline and kerosene to the U.S., where insufficient refinery capacity is causing prices to soar.

JUN
  •  CalNev receives FERC approval to increase rates in order to expand the capacity of its pipeline from Colton to Las Vegas.

  • CITGO was convicted of operating two huge open-top tanks at its Corpus Christi East Plant Refinery without proper emission controls required by federal law.
  • Alcohol-resistant foam is required to effectively fight fires whether from E10, E85 or "pure" ethanol (E95), fire-fighting experts say. Further, fire departments aren't yet prepared for the vastly increase amount of ethanol being transported on U.S. highways, they say.
  • In response to a series of accidents in the oil refining industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will make additional inspections at refineries over the next 2 years to ensure safety regulations are followed.
  • The American Petroleum Institute created new standards requiring refineries to limit how close workers' portable trailers can be placed to potentially hazardous operations.
  • A California asphalt refiner, Santa Maria Refining Co. will serve three years probation and pay a $1- million fine for violating the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

MAY
  • Tesoro bought the Shell Wilmington Refinery and 278 Shell stations in southern California. The stations will remain Shell branded and will be supplied by Tesoro. The combined value of the transaction was put at $1.76 billion.

 

     2006 

DEC  
NOV
  • The US$81 million losses in naphtha trading chalked up by Mitsui & Co.'s Singapore unit. A trader at the unit Mitsui Oil (Asia) had covered up losses in physical and futures naphtha trading by falsifying the value of the positions. Investigations are still ongoing, but the covered-up losses are unlikely to escalate, a Mitsui spokesman said earlier this week.

AUG
  • BP announced late Sunday it had begun the shutdown of Prudhoe Bay, the largest producing oil field in the United States, accounting for 8 percent of domestic output, after finding severe corrosion along a transit pipeline.

  • Alon may blend California gasoline, hopes for approval on Edgington.  

  • Suit Claims L.A. Port Misused Funds to Build Pier 400.  A community activist says the Port of Los Angeles violated federal agreements to build an 'energy island.

  • The report, by the California Energy Commission, puts down refinery outages leading to a supply squeeze, coupled with a surge in exports, as the key factors behind record high prices in the state this year.

JUNE
  • Several new projects for pipelines supplying Las Vegas could change that market in a few years .
  • Chevron to acquire 122 USA stations in California that it will now upgrade and rebrand to either the Chevron or Texaco flag.
  • The California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) advised that state pipelines would be shut down as a result of mandatory power curtailments issued by Pacific Gas & Electric and by Southern California Edison.
  • Two employees, indicted in a scheme to steal $4 million worth of fuel from the KM Seattle terminal, will face sentencing next month.
  • Valero Energy will divest any interest it has in its master limited partnership that operates some 9,243 miles of pipelines, 88 terminals and 77 million bbl of storage.

  • By next summer new domestic isooctane and isooctene units could account for some 50,000 b/d of gasoline additive production.
  • Privately-owned U.S. agriculture company Cargill is expanding its worldwide ethanol footprint, announcing Monday it is taking a majority stake in Cevasa, a sugar and ethanol plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Plains All American Pipeline announced that is has executed an agreement to purchase Long Beach, California based Pacific Energy Partners for $2.4 billion.

     

  • ExxonMobil will provide the fuel that will in turn be furnished by super jobber Tower Energy to hundreds of 7-Eleven stores  north of Florida. Tower already supplies 7-Eleven on the West Coast and is one of a number of large jobbers that ExxonMobil has offered to "back up" with unbranded product at favorable spot prices.

MAY

  • Maersk Lines this morning announced a pilot program to use low-sulfur fuel in both the main and auxiliary engines of its vessels calling at California ports. The company’s announcement came during a press conference at its Pier 400 terminal in Los Angeles.
  • Kinder Morgan has told carriers and drivers that pull from KM racks that they are responsible if ultra-low-sulfur diesel is tainted during loading.
  • The EPA has reached an agreement with Valero that calls for the refiner to install $700 million worth of upgrades to its pollution control systems at its refineries nationwide and for Valero to pay a $5.5 million fine for federal air pollution law violations.
  • Marketers were no less than enthralled with Governor Linda Lingle's recent decision to suspend the gas price cap law in Hawaii. The law caused nothing but tumult in the short, eight months it was in play, some claim.
  • Retail giant Wal-Mart (E85) will experiment with offering high-ethanol-blend fuel E85 at some of the retail gasoline stations located in the parking lots of many of the company's huge discount stores.
  • Approved last week with a final vote by Long Beach harbor commissioners set for today, the landmark lease renewal with SSA Terminals obligates the terminal operator, the carrier and the port to team up on clean air measures aimed at reducing air pollutants by 90 percent over the next decade.
  • Recognizing that U.S. ethanol producers will hit their current renewable fuels standard (RFS) target of 7.5 billion gallons well before 2012, at least one ethanol trade association is now coming out swinging, advocating a 12 billion gallon RFS for the same timeframe.  
  • The price of crude oil is likely to drop sharply beginning next year and settle at about $40/bbl by 2011 as non-petroleum investors exit the market, said Tesoro Senior VP and Chief Economist Lynn Westfall.
  • With publication in the Federal Register, U.S. EPA officially lifted the 2% oxygenate requirement on Monday, enacting a provision in the 2005 energy bill aimed at granting refiner flexibility.

  • To further help the U.S. transition from oil to biofuels-based economy, U.S. Rep. Marion Berry (D-Ark.) introduced a bill earlier this week requiring 10% of the transportation pool to contain biofuels by 2016, and doubling the requirement by 2021.
  • If everything goes as planned this June, U.S. ethanol plants will likely have to comply with a 4ppm ethanol sulfate spec before the end of the year, according to sources familiar with ASTM.
  • While most of the U.S. will employ federal ultra-low-sulfur diesel regs June 1, California will live up to its reputation as an "island" state with its own fuel regs. An advisory issued by state marketer group CIOMA tells marketers to ignore federal regs and heed only state regs.

  • Alon USA to purchase Paramount Refining (54mbpd), including the old Chevron asphalt refinery in Portland, and Edgington Oil (24mbpd) which will more than double its output to 160,000 b/d of capacity.

APRIL

  • Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff announced today that the federal government will begin conducting name-based background checks on nearly 400,000 port workers in the U.S.

  • Public companies might wish they could keep their 2006 retail gasoline margins private since the steady march higher in wholesale prices has punished high volume retailers. Numbers compiled by OPIS Retail Fuel Watch for the first 100 days point to a harsh slump in margins.

  • The Energy Policy Act of 2005 did not provide a "safe harbor" from MTBE defective product liability lawsuits, and as a result, gasoline suppliers are phasing out the oxygenate so fast that observers are wondering whether there will be enough ethanol to substitute.

  • The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) issued a statement this week, highlighting its concerns with "The Oil and Gas Industry Antitrust Act of 2006," which calls for a provision that stipulates OPEC nations conducting business in the United States must abide by U.S. antitrust laws.

  • Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. announced today that is has entered into a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) that will result in $26 million in enhancements to the company's Integrity Management Program.

  • One worker died and four were injured when a storage tank roof collapsed on Monday at the ConocoPhillips refinery in Wilmington as the men installed plates on the floor of an empty, 65-foot tank.

  • An industry analyst said he expects ethanol demand to increasingly outstrip supply this year and only come back into balance sometime in the latter half of 2007.

  • Talk of a mandate that would require marketers to sell E85, a blend of 15% gasoline and 85% ethanol, is raising concern among marketers, given current prices for the alcohol additive and the tight supply situation.

  • Original estimates to cold iron ships at BP's Berth 121 in Long Beach were grossly under estimated for both the ships and the dock.      

MARCH

  • Cleanup crews collected more than 12,000 gallons of red dyed high-sulfur diesel oil that leaked out of a pipe at an Irving Oil pier in Revere that spilled into Chelsea River.

  • Kinder Morgan will invest $15 million to upgrade CalNev's pipeline capacity to about 156,000 b/d.

  • Every year, OSHA compiles statistics on violations to its standards. During 2005, there were 105,817 violations to standards ranging across all industry segments under federal OSHA jurisdiction, with adjusted penalties of nearly $34 million.

  • Leading U.S. MTBE manufacturer Lyondell Chemical Co. is criticizing the U.S. EPA for issuing a direct final rule earlier this year to remove the 2% oxygenate requirement, warning "there are real-world consequences of abruptly removing the oxygen content requirement during the high volatility summer driving season."

  • United States refiners and blenders are not considering the use of ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) despite the growing acceptance of the octane booster use in Europe and Asia, industry sources said.

  • The California State Lands Commission (SLC) has determined under MOTEMS that 5 of the 33 onshore terminals in California were found to be low-risk and in good condition.

  • EPA will allow ULSD to test at 18ppm by the time it gets to retail, rather than the 17ppm allowed under the current rule. In other words, the test tolerance.

  • The Port of Long Beach to lease 11.8 acres  of property for 3 years to Shippers Transport Express for about $70,780 per acre per year.

         69,600 x 12 = 835,200

         835,200 / 11.8 = 70,780

FEBRUARY

  • MOTEMS – the Marine Oil Terminal Engineering and Maintenance Standards – took effect in California on Feb. 6. The new rules, developed by the State Lands Commission, require minimum engineering, inspection and maintenance standards for 33 onshore oil terminals currently in operation statewide.

  • In compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 signed into law last August, EPA issued two final rules that set the dates for canceling the federal 2% by weight oxygenate requirement for reformulated gasoline.    The second rule removes the 2% oxy requirement for California which should take effect in late April.

  • The price of E85 — a fuel that's 85% ethanol made from grain and 15% conventional gasoline — is higher than that of gasoline, even though E85 has only 72% as much energy. The U.S. Department of Energy says a vehicle has to use 1.4 times as much E85 as gasoline to go the same distance.

  • Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. (Mitsui USA) and Royal Vopak (Vopak) announced today their intention to merge their complementary tank terminal activities in the United States and Canada in a new Joint Venture, to be named Vopak ITC. Mitsui USA and Vopak will participate on a 50%/50% basis.

  • Astra will buy the U.S. Oil & Refining refinery in Tacoma after outbidding a number of private equity groups for the 38,000 b/d facility.

  • ExxonMobil has surpassed BP as the major refiner that is most aggressively seeking to sell fuel to hypermarts

  • Kinder Morgan said that it plans to invest close to $10 million in new construction and upgrades in two projects to expand the Kinder Morgan CALNEV system.

  • According to Fortune magazine's Nelson Schwartz, two of the world's most successful investors say oil will be in short supply in the coming months. One of them, Hermitage Capital's Bill Browder, has outlined six scenarios that could take oil up to a downright terrifying $262 a barrel.

  • Marketers looking to buy into a successful C-store operation may find BP's "Connect" franchise with its "Wild Bean Cafe" a perfect fit, but they'll need a stiff upper lip when it comes to the costs involved.

JANUARY

  • The Los Angeles Harbor Board has scored a "gigantic breakthrough" in controlling emissions from ships by getting P&O Nedlloyd to agree to burn low-sulfur fuel in their ships’ main engines as a condition of getting a terminal lease.

  • ExxonMobil isn't bullish on refining margins. Quite the contrary. The major expects the current refining margins to fade and for domestic refining capacity to exceed demand in as little as 10 to 15 years.

  • Gasoline demand grew by just 0.4% for the year, averaging 9.145 million b/d. Gasoline demand growth over the prior three years had averaged nearly 2%.

  • If you need ethanol to manufacture reformulated gasoline (RFG) this spring, it will cost as many as $2.50.

  • Pacific Energy Partners LP (PEP) has launched a campaign to get some backing for a proposed deepwater marine terminal that could supplement Southern California petroleum supply.

  • U.S. government energy analysts have joined the chorus of those who anticipate short supply of ethanol for fuel markets through at least the first half of 2006 as refiners gear up to meet the new federal renewable fuels standard and increasingly phase out the use of MTBE.

 

     2005 

DECEMBER

  • EPA has amended a rule to exempt California refiners, importers, and blenders from meeting the federal RFG standards.

  • Shell will sell total 950 sites in 16 markets moving 1.5 billion gals/yr of gasoline and diesel. About 50% of the outlets are former Texaco sites converted to Shell. When all the sales are completed, Shell will be left with approximately 2,000 direct sites, 20% to 30% of which will be MSO units.

  • Mexico imports  200,000 b/d of gasoline and is expected to buy about 60% or 120,000 b/d of its monthly requirements from the U.S., up from about 50%.

  • By 2007, Shell will sell a total 950 stations moving 1.5 billion gals/yr of gasoline and diesel to jobbers. The sites will be offered through an open bid process and jobbers must commit to maintain the Shell brand at the outlets for 10 years.

  • The CEC said in its "2005 Integrated Energy Policy Report." that California  should establish a minimum 10% renewable average content standard for the pool of gasoline sold in California.  The CEC also recommended a diesel fuel standard that would require minimum 5% non-petroleum content blending, likely primarily biodiesel, but would also include ethanol-blended E-diesel or gas-to-liquid components.     

  • Vitol is putting its Come-by-Chance New Foundland refinery on the sales block. Vitol sought to buy the U.S. Oil plant in Tacoma, Washington as recently as last month.

  • BP could spin off a chunk of its West Coast company owned AM/PM C-stores to franchisees by the New Year, OPIS has learned. The sale of 34 stores in Arizona, nine in Las Vegas, and seven in Northern California, to franchisees, could close this month, said sources familiar with the deals.

  • Refiners told the CEC that they have no plans to increase or decrease ethanol due to the fact that they have existing contract volumes already in place. Nearly 87% of the ethanol used in California is bought on contracts. Also a logistical issue brought up by refiners is that they do not have the adequate capabilities to segregate multiple types of gasoline that have various concentrations of ethanol.

  • The 37,000 b/d U.S. Oil & Refining complex in Tacoma, Washington is currently in the semifinal round of bidding. The refinery is not a sophisticated plant - - it makes considerable bottom-of-the-barrel products like asphalt and residual fuel. So, in order to make a substantial cut of clean gasoline, a would-be buyer would have to spend well in excess of $100-million for new hydrocracking, experts say.

  • BP Products North America Inc. has said that it will spend $1 billion to modernize and maintain its  460,000 b/d Texas City refinery and that it is implementing the recommendations of the incident investigation team in the wake of the massive and deadly March 23, 2005 explosion.

NOVEMBER

  • In the Pacific Northwest, ConPhil's is adding a new 25,000 b/d coker to run Canadian crude at its 97,385 b/d Ferndale, Wash., refinery.

  • Pacific Energy Partners and ConocoPhillips have signed a long-term terminal services deal for Pacific Energy's Pier 400 deep-water marine terminal project in the Port of Los Angeles  for 20 years with an option for an additional 10 years in which ConocoPhillips agreed to provide a minimum throughput of 90,000 b/d of crude and other feedstocks.

  • The proposed Arizona Clean Fuels refinery  has reached an understanding with the Secretariat of Energy of Mexico confirming that the company may carry out the construction, operation and maintenance, and ownership of a pipeline that will deliver Mexican crude to the proposed Yuma plant.

  • Montana Refining has been slapped with a $140,000 fine by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for releases at its 9,000 b/d Great Falls refinery. According to state documents, the company continued to load gasoline to trucks in October 2003 when its vapor recovery equipment was out of service, resulting in emissions.

  • A gasoline price probe by the California Energy Commission cited four reasons why consumers in the state paid more than $3/gal for gasoline after two deadly hurricanes struck the Gulf Coast.

  • Phil Verleger has some advice for ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond and his oil giant colleagues. Come up with a plan to return some of your profits to consumers or Congress may well do it for you.

  • Less than a year after buying Crown's Pasadena, Texas refinery, Astra Oil has inked a deal with Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras), the state-owned oil monopoly of Brazil, for the two companies to combine forces to establish a joint venture trading and refining company in the U.S. The joint venture will operate and manage the Pasadena refinery and commercially trade and resell finished products produced at the 100,000 b/d facility.

  • BP President Ross Pilari told legislators that BP would look at expanding output at its Cherry Point refinery in Bellingham, Wash., if the Congress repealed a law that limits marine development of crude facilities in the Puget Sound and limits gasoline exports from the 232,000 b/d facilities to neighboring states.

OCTOBER

  • ARCO Terminal Services will spend nearly $1 million to resolve air pollution violations at the Port of Long Beach in California, where ATSC owns and operates a marine loading facility.

  • The country's top five petroleum conglomerates recorded profits of over $30 billion profits, resulting in call by Congress for a gasoline reserve.

  • Wal-Mart said that it will open anywhere from 335 to 370 new stores in the U.S. alone, many with gasoline dispensing equipment.

  • The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures cited Southwest Petroleum Trading in connection with 592 violations of state regs governing fuel quality from its Parker AZ transmix facility.

  • ATSC will pay a $225,000 fine and spend $675,000 for new pollution-control equipment under a settlement that federal officials announced Tuesday.

  • Economides, a professor of engineering at the University of Houston, acknowledged that stringent environmental regulations and difficult permitting processes - things addressed in the refinery bill - are among the reasons that a new refinery hasn't been built in the United States since 1976.

  • A A large Jiffy lube franchisee has acquired Berry-Hinckley Industries, Nevada's largest petroleum supplier.

SEPTEMBER

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined BP Products North America $21 million for the explosion that killed 15 on March 23, 2005 at the company's 460,000 b/d Texas City refinery.

  • Motiva Enterprises LLC has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a joint federal-state civil lawsuit arising from a 2001 explosion at the company's former Delaware City refinery that killed one employee, injured several others, and caused a massive discharge of spent sulfuric acid from a ruptured tank, the Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Delaware announced today.

  • Unleaded at the Gulf Coast is soaring amid heavy refiner buying this morning as refiners prepare for a category 4 or 5 storm hitting Houston and its environs. Total refining capacity in the current predicted strike zone of Houston south to Sweeny is nearly 2.4 million b/d.

  • As the largest refiner in North America, Valero Energy (interview with Greehey) was at big risk when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. The company came through relatively unscathed and had to shut down only one of its eight refineries.

  • South Korean refiners S-Oil and GS-Caltex will deliver two cargoes of 92-octane gasoline for delivery to the U.S. in mid to late October, traders said.

  • Magellan Midstream Partners is paying $55-million or $37 per barrel for a products' terminal in Wilmington, Delaware.

  • Hurricane Katrina will effect the production of CARB gasoline since refineries depend on alkylate and blending components from the GC.  CARB will review an RVP waiver.

  • In what the oil community is calling "huge" development for getting Gulf Coast refined products moved to other U.S. markets, President Bush has temporarily waived the Jones Act, allowing foreign-flagged tankers to carry oil between U.S. ports.

  • Against the back drop of $70 bbl crude, and $3.00 gal spot gasoline, Valero this morning closed on its acquisition of Premcor, creating a company with 18 refineries, representing about 3.3-million b/d of output.

AUGUST

  • Downtime on the KM West Line and the KM East Line have caused supply tightening in Phoenix, AZ which will result in continuing prorating of the West Line.

  • Kinder Morgan announced that it has received a Corrective Action Order from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and states that Kinder Morgan had 14 pipeline incidents of greater then 5 barrels since January 1st 2003.

  • The New York Mercantile Exchange will introduce an RBOB contract next year due to refiners announcing the discontinuation of MTBE due to lawsuits.

  • Some experts believe that with the conversion to ULSD, the amount of transmix generated at terminals will more than double. 

  • With the recent approval of the Energy Bill that rescinds the 2% oxy mandate, Valero has hinted that it will move away from oxy fuels.  This will reduce Valero's production of gasoli9ne in the U.S. by 60,000 barrels per day.  If other refiners react similarly, total U.S. production would be reduced by 250,000 barrels per day.

  • Non oxy fuels will become the norm in the Gulf Coast but remain in California and New York due to existing infrastructure for ethanol.

  • Hawaii is weeks away from employing the first gas price cap law in the nation.

  • "Al Qaeda leaders plan to employ various types of fuel trucks as vehicle borne improvised explosive devices in an effort to cause mass casualties in the U.S. (and London) prior to September 19."

  • The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to retain the existing standards that limit emissions of toxic air pollutants from gasoline distribution terminals and pipeline breakout stations.

  • Kinder Morgan announced an East Line Expansion Plan to replace 140 miles of 12-inch and 16-inch pipe from Texas to Arizona at a cost of $340 million.

JULY

  • The Senate today gave its nod to a massive energy bill, approved by the House yesterday, calling for a flood of 7.5 billion gal/yr in renewable fuels in U.S. markets by 2012 and eliminate the oxygenate mandate in California.

  • U.S. Oil & Refining is selling its assets, including a 37,000-b/d refinery in the Pacific Northwest, a pipeline, a dock and a loading rack.

  • The U.S. House-Senate conference committee will mandate at least 7.5 billion gal/yr of renewables  - mostly ethanol -- in the nation's fuel supply by 2012.

  • Kinder Morgan to purchase ExxonMobil's Staten Island 2.3 million barrel refined products terminal for $48 million or $20 per barrel.

  • TransMontaigne paid $40 million in cash Radcliffe/Economy Marine Services, which operates two waterborne terminals in Mobile, Alabama and one in Pensacola, Fla. with a combined storage capacity of about 350,000 barrels.  ($114 per barrels)

  • Valero LP has struck a deal to spin off some Kaneb facilities to Pacific Energy Partners LP.  Pacific will pay approximately $455 million for two California crude oil and refined products terminals; three East Coast refined products terminals, and a 550-mile products pipeline with four truck terminals and storage in the Rocky Mountains.

  • Cargill entered a partnership that the company said will bring a spate of construction over the next couple years and some 300 million gal/yr in new ethanol output.

JUNE

MAY

  • EPA says it will issue a new ULSD rule later this year to shift the retail compliance date from Sept. 1 to Oct. 15, 2006, to allow more time for terminals and retail outlets to comply with the 15 ppm ULSD standard.

  • Valero L.P. will sell some West Coast terminals in order to get regulatory clearance for its $2.8-billion acquisition of Kaneb Services and Kaneb Pipeline Partners.

  • The Federal Trade Commission says it has found no evidence that Shell was trying to manipulate the marketplace when it decided to shutter its Bakersfield, Calif., refinery.

  • Even if high oil prices ease, prospects for cheaper gasoline, diesel and jet fuel are likely to be limited for at least several years by a growing global problem: a severe crunch in refining capacity.

  • BP has issued a statement saying a "series of failures by BP personnel" during the startup of the isom unit at the Texas City refinery caused the deadly explosion and fire that killed 15 workers and injured more than 170.

APRIL

  • Bush proposes building new refineries on military bases to increase supply of oil.  Huh?

  • The U.S. House approved an Energy Bill which includes caps on the number of boutique fuels, allows commingling of oxygenated fuels, limits MTBE defective product liability, and allows drilling in ANWR.

  • A bipartisan coalition of U.S. House members introduced the Fuels Security Act of 2005 which includes a Renewable Fuels Standard that would mandate ethanol consumption of 4 billion gallons in 2006 to 8 billion gallons in 2012.

  • Valero announces plan to purchase Premcor for 8$ billion to create largest refiner in U.S. and increase capacity without actually increasing industry capacity.

  • Costco experiencing inverted gasoline margins at retail outlets as majors exercise price increase constraint and financial institutions distort traditional petroleum market conditions.

  • ChevronTexaco increases oil oil & gas reserves by agreeing to purchase Unocal for $18 billion.  (A lot less risk than actually drilling for oil.  Score another one for Big Oil and the FTC.)

MAR.

  • The Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical & Energy Workers International Union (PACE) representing 30,000 workers in refineries, chemical plants and related businesses approved a plan Monday to extend the workers' contract until Feb. 1, 2009.

  • Marketers that fail to install Phase I vapor recovery equipment at California stations by April 1 are given a temporary reprieve for effort to comply.

  • Sam's Club has been quietly transitioning from jobber delivered fuel to handling fuel procurement on a FOB refinery basis.

  • In three years Costco has more than tripled its Phoenix volumes, by adding just three sites. It has just seven sites in the county, with an average monthly sales volume of 715,000 gal per station.

  • Pacific Pipeline Line 63 washed out in Grapevine, north of Los Angeles, and spilled 3,000 barrels of crude into Pyramid Lake which supplies water to L.A..

  • The U.S. EPA gave its stamp of approval for  the air quality permit an Arizona Refinery, the first ground-up oil refinery to be built in the U.S. in nearly 30 years.

  • Kinder Morgan warns refiners and shippers to not make any business decisions based on their East Line expansion plans.

  • A federal agency assembled a task force to examine how pipeline company Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) inspects its lines.

  • BP receives endorsement for its gasoline from Ford. BP has steadfastly refused to apply for GM's "Top Tier" recognition, telling marketers last year that "over-dosing detergent additives to solve vehicle hardware design issues" is "neither a correct nor an efficient approach" to serving customer needs.

  • The South Coast Air Quality Management District on Wednesday won a record $81-million settlement with energy giant BP, which regulators accused of illegally spewing toxic gases from its Carson refinery for nearly a decade.

  • Motiva has agreed to pay a $10 million fine to the negligent death of a worker in a tank explosion at its Delaware City, Del., refinery.

  • Walmart announces development of 200+ Wal-mart stations to start up in 2005. Benchmark Resources, a wholly owned subsidiary will purchase the fuel from numerous refiners and wholesales.

  • Flying J will take over operations at the Shell Bakersfield refinery in mid March.

FEB.

  • Longhorn Pipeline announces delivery of product to El Paso market which may ultimately reduce demand from California refineries.

  • Kinder Morgan announces expansion plan for East Line System to be completed in first quarter 2006  which will increase capacity from Tucson to Phoenix by 80% to 45,000 BPD.  Capacity from El Paso to Tucson will increase 60% or about 54,000 BPD.

  • Kinder Morgan receives permits to construct 10 tanks (800 MB) at its Carson terminal for $40 million.

  • Paramount Petroleum announced that it will begin producing CARB gasoline in April.

  • Market dynamics in California may be changing as indicated by branded pricing being as much as $.20 per gallon less than unbranded.  One reason may be that pipeline pricing is based on NYMEX pricing.  The other is that some of the majors may be tired of losing market share to BP.

  • The BAAQMD has filed an Order of Abatement to mandate Tesoro upgrade its pollution control equipment at its Golden Eagle Refinery.

  • The BAAQMD is developing a rule to ban refinery flaring except in cases of emergency.

  • IRS developing "finger printing" system to ensure collection of all excise taxes.

JAN.

  • Sunoco terminating retail agreement with Wal-Mart In 2000, Sunoco's original goal in was to build 20 to 40 "Optima" units in the first year of operation, and up to 100/yr more thereafter.

  • Astra, with help from ex-Tosco execs, to purchase 100 MBPD Crown Refinery in GC.

  • SCAQMD files lawsuit against BP Carson Refinery for stationary source emission violations.

  • Major rain storms wash out Union Pacific Rail (photo) between Los Angeles and Las Vegas causing delays in the delivery of ethanol cars to LA Basin Refiners.

  • Shell announces surprise deal to sell its 70,000 b/d Bakersfield, California refinery to a wholly owned subsidiary of Flying J. Shell will continue to own and operate pipelines that serve the refinery, and it will retain title to the Bakersfield products' terminal. Flying J will operate the storage facility via a long term lease with Shell, and it will have a long term off-take agreement so that branded customers can be supplied in the region.

  • ConocoPhillips agrees to EPA decent decree to spend $525 million on equipment to reduce pollution by 47,000 tons per year at 9 refineries in U.S.

 

     2004 

DEC.

 

NOV.

  • Valero L.P. announces purchase of Kaneb Pipeline Company for $2.8 billion. Valero energy will serve as general partner with Kaneb Services and Kaneb Partners operating as wholly owned subsidiaries.  Valero will control 101 terminals in 30 states including Canada, Mexico and Netherlands Antilles with a total capacity of 85 million barrels.

  • Morgan Stanley, with annual sales pf 30 billion, becomes largest "Wall Street Refiner" with deal to supply TransMontaigne on exclusive basis.  TransMontaigne to reorganize to MLP in 2005.

  • Kinder Morgan completed project to increase pipeline capacity from Berth 118 to Carson Terminal.

NOV.

  • Valero L.P. announces purchase of Kaneb Pipeline Company for $2.8 billion. Valero energy will serve as general partner with Kaneb Services and Kaneb Partners operating as wholly owned subsidiaries.  Valero will control 101 terminals in 30 states including Canada, Mexico and Netherlands Antilles with a total capacity of 85 million barrels.

  • Morgan Stanley, with annual sales pf 30 billion, becomes largest "Wall Street Refiner" with deal to supply TransMontaigne on exclusive basis.  TransMontaigne to reorganize to MLP in 2005.

OCT.

  • Astra announces purchase of 100,000 BPD Crown Refinery in Pasadena Texas.

SEP.

  • Shell announces talks to acquire marketing rights to all products produced by several Transmix facilities owned by Kinder Morgan in Richmond Virginia, St Louis, and Indianola, Pennsylvania for $100 million. (The Duke off take agreement in Colton, CA is not part of the deal,)

AUG.

  • Tesoro announced plans to expand its existing agreement with PMOCO to supply gasoline at Kaneb Terminals to supply the "Spirit" brand.

JULY

 

JUNE

  • ChevronTexaco announces commitment to dual branding as they assume tights to Texaco brand.

MAY

  • Longhorn Pipeline announces that it will be in operation by end of summer.

  • Flint Hills Resources (Koch) closes purchase of Williams Alaska Refinery for $290 million and include terminals in Anchorage and Fairbanks.   

APR.
  • Shell advises that it welcomes discussions with potential buyers for its Bakersfield Refinery.  Shell advised that in the future, the lack of availability of crude would affect its economics.

MAR.
  •  Williams sold its 220 MBPD Alaskan Refinery to Flint Hills Resources (Koch).  Koch also purchased Williams interest in the Trans Alaska Pipeline system.  The state will provide 77 MBPD to Koch for 10 years.

  • Valero purchases El Paso's Aruba Refinery for $465 million plus $162 million working capital.

FEB.  
JAN.  
 

     2003 

DEC.  
NOV.  

OCT.

  • Conoco Phillips sell Circle K with 1,663 retail units to Couche-Tard, Montreal for $820 million. 

SEP.
  •  Kinder Morgan announce purchase of 5 Shell terminals (Mission Valley, Colton, Reno, Phoenix, Tucson) for $20,000,000 plus $8,000,000 for upgrades.

  • Vopak purchases Dow Chemical facility in Port of Long Beach.

SEP.
  •  Kinder Morgan announce purchase of 5 Shell terminals (Mission Valley, Colton, Reno, Phoenix, Tucson) for $20,000,000 plus $8,000,000 for upgrades.

  • Vopak purchases Dow Chemical facility in Port of Long Beach.

AUG

  • KM 8"/12" PL from Tucson to Phoenix leak.  Pressure testing failed - will loop with 6" pipeline.

  • Frontier Oil files suit against Holly Corp for breaking pending merger deal for El Paso refinery.

JLY.
  • Pacific Pipeline CLOSES on its purchase of EPTEC. $160 million + 10 million inventory.

JUN.
  • Pacific Pipeline announces Pier 400 project - Valero is primary customer.

  • ChevronTexaco sells its interest in the 90 MBPD El Paso Refinery to Western Refining Company.

MAY.
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APR.
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MAR.
  • Olympic Pipeline files for Chapter 11 petition for reorganization.  (BP-62.5%, Shell 37.5%) In June 1999, 230,000 gallons of gasoline were released into Whatcom creek, killing 2 boys.

FEB.
  •  

JAN.
  • Effective 2nd cycle, Shell, Chevron, BP, and Mobil will begin shipping CARBOB gasoline into the KM intrastate PL system for blending into E-CARB at selected petroleum terminals.

 

     2002 

DEC.
  • Tesoro has completed two of three agreements to sell off 70 of its Northern California retail stations.   The refiner, who picked up the sites in a package from Valero that included the 168,000 b/d Bay-area Golden Eagle refinery, closed two deals today involving 47 of the 70 fuel outlets.   USA Petroleum took possession of 24 stations and Green Valley Gasoline
    picked up 23 sites at a total price of $44 million. Nella Oil Co. will soon close on the remaining 23 stations at a reported $23 million price tag.  

NOV.
  • Premcor purchases William's 190 MBPD Memphis Refinery.

OCT.  
SEPT.
  • ADM completes purchase of Minnesota Corn Processors

  • FTC gives Shell Oil approval to purchase Pennzoil/Quaker State..

AUGUST
  • FTC gives approval $16.5 billion merger of Conoco and Phillips.

JULY

 
JUNE  

MAY

  • Nella Oil purchases Olympian Oil

APRIL  
MARCH  
FEB.
  • Pacific Pipeline reaches agreement to purchase all of So Cal Edison's pipeline and terminal assets.

  • Shell takes possession of Equilon

JAN.  
 

     2001 

DEC.

   

NOV.  
OCT.  
SEPT.  
AUGUST  

JULY

  • Pacific Marketing & Transportation (Pacific PL) purchases EOTT's 122 miles of crude logistics and 200 MB of tankage in Bakersfield.

  • Cenco is seeking bids through Baker & O'Brien for the sale of its refinery in Santa Fe Springs.  Pat Robertson believes that other major refiners contributed to blocking potential debt financing.

  • CalPUC exempts refineries in California from rolling blackouts.  

  • ATSC announces non renewal of expiring long term agreements at East Hynes.  The space is needed to fill foreign contract commitments and maintaining Cherry Point ant full production.

  • Equilon offers to purchase back franchise agreements from 250 Texaco branded retailers.

JUNE
  • San Joachim Refining and Ergon (JV) purchase bankrupt Golden Bear Refining in Bakersfield for $34 million asset and $6 million inventory.

  • Gov. Grey Davis asks states top electricity regulator to exempt refineries from rolling power outages.

  • California gas powered electrical generation plants to get emission waiver.

  • Federal EPA refuses to grant oxy waiver to California thus insuring use of ethanol.

  • Valero leases (purchase option) El Paso's 115 MBPD Corpus Christi refinery.  After the purchase of UDS is complete, Valero will be the largest refiner in U.S. with 1.98 mmbpd of refining capacity.

  • Phillips Petroleum is positioning itself to be the central clearing house for emissions credits generated from the EPA mandated low sulfur diesel program beginning in 2004.

  • Congress passed legislation (HR 2017) to require the EPA to study the feasibility of reducing the number of boutique fuels.

MAY
  • Valero announces purchase of UDS for $6 billion. Both are major suppliers to unbranded, independent market in California.  FTC may require sale of 1 of 3 refineries in California.

  • President Bush is rumored to make a decision in May on whether or not to allow California to exit the federal oxygenated fuel requirement.

  • Kinder Morgan announced that California refiners may start shipping 91 premium CaFRG in place of 92 premium CaFRG effective the 1st cycle of August.

  • GATX announced the sale of it 50% ownership in GPS to Mieco and will be renamed MPS, Mieco Product Services.

APRIL
  • Methanex files NAFTA claim for $1 billion since Grey Davis accepted
    campaign donations from ADM to protect US ethanol industry.  Davis
    subsequently banned MTBE.

  • Tosco announces that it will tie DTW prices to spot market.

  • Ultramar plans to spin off much of its pipeline business through an IPO in the form of a public limited partnership. An Ultramar subsidiary will be the general partner in the spin-off of Shamrock  Logistics and will continue to run the operation. Ultramar will retain a 74 percent ownership. Plans to sell 4.5 million partnership units at $23 each, or about one-quarter of the company, to raise $104 million. 

  • First round bidding on EPTEC assets completed.  Edison Power cuts deal with CA State.

MARCH
  • Williams announces $1 billion expansion of Kern River PL (May 2003) to double current capacity and carry  900 MMcdf of natural gas 926 miles from Rocky Mountains.

  • Valero executes definitive agreement to purchase 19 MBPD Huntway Refining for $78 million ($1.90/share). At 8100 BPD asphalt production, Huntway has 25% market share in NoCal and 15% in SoCal.

  • Chevron sees purchase of Texaco completed in June.  FTC disputed Equilon assets would be placed in trust. 

  • New EPA low sulfur diesel rules adopted in 1999 to cut sulfur content beginning 2004 and take full effect 2006.

  • UDS to utilize Earth's reusable hydrocarbon absorbent at remote terminals

  • Valero board approves 51 MW cogen for 165 MBPD Benicia refinery.  $57 million facility to start up April 2002.  Equivalent to powering 50,000 homes.  

  • El Paso Corp to buy 680 MM cfpd LNG from Phillips originating in Australia and delivered to WC, possibly Baja Mexico.

  • Chevron study shipments of LNG to WC. US natural gas production stable at 50 billion cu ft/day and natural gas selected for 90% of all new power plants.  

  • US Oil & Refining to acquire McCall Oil - 40 MB tankage for $15-17mm.

FEB.
  • Phillips to acquire Tosco for $7.49 billion. Combined company will have 1.7 MMB refinery capacity and 12,000 stations.

  • European Commission gives approval to Chevron Texaco combination.

  • International Energy Industry association (IEA) survey indicates world oil demand has fallen 140 MB to 1.5 MMB per day.

  • Supreme Court rules that EPA can set national clean air standards regardless of program costs.

  • Seattle experiences 7.0 earthquake.  Some damage at Equilon terminal on Harbor Island.

  • Olympic PL due to restart ARCO/Tosco segments.

  • Unocal 393 patent covering summer gasoline is upheld by Supreme Court and $69 MM award.

  • FTC expressed interest in PMAA's plan to launch own brand.  PMAA advised they supply over 70,000 retail outlets nationwide and sell about 50% of the motor fuels consumed.

  • Valero to upgrade Benicia Refinery hydrotreater by 5 MBPD.

  • El Paso Corp merges with Coastal Corp.

  • Peter Bijur, CEO of Texaco, retires.

JAN.
  • Stage 3 power alerts and potential interruptions limit pumping to LAX, truck rack and MUT. State exempts all interruptible power contracts from penalty.

  • Tosco reiterates request for EPA to grant oxygenates waiver to California due to the difficulty of producing ethanol-blended gasoline during the summer.

  • KM to purchase the remaining 50% share of transmix unit at Colton from Duke Energy. Williams to build terminals (gaso, dsl, and jet) in Crescent Junction and Nephi as part of 75 MBPD, 485-mile pipeline project.

  • Western Refining and Giant still working on deal to purchase Chevron El Paso Refinery.

  • PPC purchases Unocal Unit Train Loading facility in Mojave to convert to asphalt terminal.

 

     2000 

DEC.
  • Refinery cuts in California as high as 50 MBPD due to power shortages.
  • California Attorney General preliminary report indicates Chevron/Texaco merger would violate all major aspects of oil market including production, refining and transportation.
  • WestFax reports Tosco conversion of branded gasoline to ethanol at various KM terminals.
  • Kaneb purchase of Shore Terminals closes.

NOV.
  • GTC announces its intention to sell domestic terminals and pipelines to Kinder Morgan for $1.15 billion. (11/30/00)

  • Mobil announces plans to reenter Pacific NW gasoline markets.
  • ST Services is rumored to be purchasing Mobil Portland Terminal.
  • Ultramar Avon Refinery renamed to Golden Eagle Refinery.
  • California power plants run short of natural gas; SDG&E forced to burn fuel oil.
  • USA Petroleum shuts down stations since rack price not competitive with refiner tankwagon price.
  • Completion of dredging Queens Gate to minus 76 feet; BP to pay $3.3 million as its share of the cost.
  • $200M ethanol facility announced in Portland.

OCT.
  • Chevron announces its intention to purchase Texaco for $42 billion. O’Reilly, Chevron CEO, believes deal will be completed in 6-12 months.
  • Congress beginning to voice objection to the Reformulated Fuels Act of 2000 which bans the use of MTBE.
  • ARCO (includes Thrifty) operates over 100 stations in SoCal with potential MTBE leakage.

SEPT.
  • GTC sells its 25% share in Olympic PL to BP.
  • Equilon publishes EIR with AQMD announcing intention to build ethanol rail unloading rack at Carson to supply LA Basin and Colton.
  • Kaneb Pipeline Partners signs definitive agreement to purchase 7.8 million-barrel Shore Terminals (7) for $106 million and 2 million shares of KPP stock ($28/share).
  • Western Refining (and merger partner Giant) near agreement to purchase the Chevron El Paso Refinery and adjacent refinery owned by Refinery Holding Company. Giant will fund the refinery, Western will run it, and Giant will receive much of the products on an off take agreement.
  • WTI reaches $37.80 per barrel and 30 million barrels to be sold (and replaced) from SPR.

AUGUST
  • GTC LA sale to Equilon called off.
  • LA Wholesale gasoline reaches $1.53 per gallon due to numerous local refinery problems.
  • Chevron to pay 6$ million fine for air emission violations at El Segundo off shore mooring.
  • Six west coast oil refiners ordered to pay royalties to Unocal for clean air gasoline patent violations.
  • Tosco completes sale of Avon Refinery to UDS for $800 million cash.

JULY
  • GATX announces intent to sell GTC.
  • TEPPCO receives FTC approval to purchase Seaway pipeline for $318 million.

JUNE
  • Enron, Texaco, and Glencore win 1 year, 12 MBPD Oriente contracts at $4.84 under WTI. FTC approves merger of Chevron Phillips Chemical with $6 billion in assets.
  • EIA predicts shortage of heating oil in fall.
  • Equilon and Tosco allocate gasoline and diesel at 120%. BP (ARCO LA) imported cargo of Iraq Basrah Light.
  • Saudi Arabia unilaterally raises crude production 500,000 BPD.
  • BP Amoco ARCO introduces ultra low sulfur diesel (15 PPM sulfur) which will reduce emissions 90 to 95 % when used with catalytic exhaust particulate traps.

MAY
  • Exxon, ARCO, Shell, Mobil, Chevron, and Texaco lose appeal of $95 million payment to Unocal for using its gasoline patents without a license.
  • Houstonstreet.com begins online trading of crude and products.
  • Valero closes on purchase of 160 MBPD Exxon Benicia refinery with 100 MBPD ANS supply contract with Exxon – 80 stations due to close in June.
  • Phillips takes over 350 MBPD ANS production. Also takes over ARCO Marine and changes name to Polar Tankers.

APRIL
  • Texas Eastern Products PL (TEPPCO) set to purchase the stock of ARCO PL Company, which includes a half interest in Seaway PL and interests in Cushing Terminal facilities.
  • Equilon PL and Williams end Aspen Pipeline JV to own and operate clean products PL from Midland Texas to Salt Lake City
  • Occidental completes purchase of ARCO Long Beach.
  • Tosco to buy Equilon’s 310,000 MBPD Wood River, Ill. Refinery.

MARCH
  • Duke Energy closes on purchase Northridge WC operations.
  • Valero is winning bidder for 160 MBPD Exxon Benicia Refinery for $895 million plus inventory.
  • BP AMOCO advised FTC that it would sell ARCO ANS fields to Phillips for $7 billion.
  • BP AMOCO advised FTC it would stop exporting 60 MBPD ANS crude upon approval to purchase ARCO. Exxon Mobil trying to exercise preferential rights to buy some ARCO Alaska assets.
  • Reversal of Chevron PL from Boise to Pasco delayed another year.

FEB.
  • GATX and Equilon announce LOI for Carson and Harbor Terminals.
  • Equilon, Equiva, and Motiva like the "middle" of the petroleum business- transportation, trading, and storage of crude and petroleum products. Valero and Ultramar make finals for bid on Exxon Benicia Refinery.
  • Chevron and Phillips complete 50/50 JV on most chemical operations.
  • FERC allows shippers (originally Aug 95) to file new complaints on all KM pipeline rates.
  • BP Amoco advises FTC it may be willing to give up its share of North Slope crude production in order to win FTC approval of ARCO merger.
  • ARCO has cut runs at its Cherry Point Refinery by 40 MBPD due to the Olympic Pipeline continuing shut down.

JAN.
  • CARB urges Fed EPA to expedite California exemption from Federal oxygenate requirement or it will interfere with CARB III gasoline phase in.
  • Tower debranding many of its Exxon stations prior to bid submissions for Exxon Benicia Refinery.
  • Chevron bringing up hydro cracker in Richmond that blew up last March 99.
  • SFPP shippers re-file massive rate case against KM on all pipeline system rates.
  • FTC rejects BP/Amoco – ARCO merger on grounds that BP would control in excess of 75% ANS production and would control over 50% of tankage in Cushing, which is the delivery point for Nymex crude barrels.

 

 

  11`/25/02