February 11, 2019 [The Tribune India] - Essar Oil UK today announced acquisition of BP’s stake in a pipeline and oil terminals in the UK to get rights over infrastructure used by its Stanlow refinery for evacuation of petroleum products.
Essar Oil will acquire 11% stake of BP in the UK Oil Pipeline (UKOP), which transports products from Stanlow refinery, as well as its 45% share in the Kingsbury terminal and a 100% interest in the Northampton oil storage terminal, company CEO S Thangapandian said.
Essar had bought Stanlow refinery from Royal Dutch Shell in 2011. But at that time Shell had not sold the stake in the pipeline and terminals.
“We got an opportunity in BP deciding to exit from the projects,” he said.
Shell, US firm Valero and France’s Total are other partners in the UK Oil Pipeline which transports 7.5 million tonnes of mixed products each year to major oil terminals at Buncefield and Kingsbury with spurs to Northampton and Nottingham. The 650-km UKOP system supplies fuel to Heathrow and Gatwick airports and stretches from the Stanlow oil refinery in the north west of England to the Coryton refinery on the Thames in Essex.
The acquisition, he said, will fuel the growth of Essar Oil UK’s business in the UK.
“This latest expansion of its UK interests means Essar has now invested nearly $1 billion in building a profitable and sustainable UK business, since first acquiring the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in July 2011,” he said.
He said the company has 67 petrol pumps across England and Wales and is on target to grow them to 400 over the next five years.
Already a significant player in the wholesale supply of Jet A-1 to major UK airports, the company has successfully entered the market for the direct supply of aviation fuel, signing agreements with a number of leading international airlines and continuing to grow this sector of its business.
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