Dutch energy and commodities company Vitol on Tuesday (2 June) entered into a long-term strategic relationship with Prostar Capital (Prostar) to expand the latter’s bunkering business.
As part of the agreement, Vitol will operate the marine fuel bunker supply business at the Prostar-owned GTI Statia (GTIS) terminal and GTIS will continue to provide storage, services and logistics infrastructure as before, it said.
GTIS is one of the largest independent crude and refined product storage terminals serving the U.S. Gulf Coast and Caribbean markets, said Vitol.
The strategic relationship with Vitol would allow all parties to leverage GTIS’ highly flexible infrastructure and Vitol’s global marketing network to expand the GTIS bunker market while continuing to provide high quality service to its existing customer base, it explained.
“We are delighted to have forged a long-term relationship with Prostar and GTI Statia and look forward to working with them at this first-class facility,” said Dominique Laborde of Vitol.
“We are very pleased to announce GTI Statia’s agreement with Vitol to operate the bunker business out of our world-class 14-million-barrel facility,” said Dave Noakes, Senior Managing Director of Prostar Capital.
“It is part of Prostar’s continuing strategy to focus on GTIS’ storage operations and to reinvest capital into capacity expansion to meet strong customer demand.
“We’re extremely proud to be working with Vitol. This transaction builds on the $100 million capital investment plan for the terminal we announced in March and demonstrates our support and commitment to GTI Statia, the terminal’s strong operations team and the local economy,” added Steve Bickerton, Senior Managing Director at Prostar.
“This strategic relationship allows the facility to focus on being a world-class terminal operator and will leverage our strategic vision to enhance the service, quality and value of the facility and the bunker business,” said John Roller, President and CEO of GTI Statia.
Published: 3 June, 2020
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