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Sembcorp commences legal proceedings against Hin Leong Trading over gasoil cargo

28 Apr 2020

Singapore energy, marine and urban development group Sembcorp Industries Ltd on Monday  (27 April) issued an update of its subsidiary’s Sembcorp Cogen Pte. Ltd. (Sembcorp Cogen) gasoil storage and supply agreement (GSS agreement) with Hin Leong Trading (HLT). 

The previous announcement stated Sembcorp Cogen has terminated the GSS agreement whereby  HLT stored and managed on behalf of Sembcorp Cogen, gasoil reserves to fulfil certain regulatory requirements under Sembcorp Cogen’s electricity generation licence. 

Sembcorp now states Sembcorp Cogen has also commenced legal proceedings in the High Court of the Republic of Singapore to assert its ownership of the gasoil reserves which are stored in designated tanks at HLT’s affiliate, Universal Terminal (S) Pte Ltd (Universal Terminal). 

“This is to protect Sembcorp as it says there is a possibility that the gasoil reserves designated for Sembcorp Cogen may be subject to competing claims by one or more third parties,” it explains. 

In the meantime, Sembcorp Cogen, on Friday (April 24) obtained an order from the Court to, amongst other things, restrain Universal Terminal from moving, removing or disposing any of the gasoil reserves claimed by Sembcorp Cogen, and to ensure that such gasoil reserves are stored separately from any other gasoil, it adds. 

Sembcorp Industries says it will make appropriate announcements in the event of any material developments. 

It advises shareholders and investors to exercise caution when dealing in its shares, and seek counsel from their respective stockbrokers, bankers, solicitors, accountants or other professional advisors if in any doubt. 

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Photo credit: Sembcorp Industries
Published: 28 April, 2020

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