Gibson Sanctions Million-Barrel Expansion at Hardisty Terminal

(P&GJ) — Calgary-based Gibson Energy Inc. said it has approved the construction of one million barrels of new tankage at its Hardisty Terminal.

Hardisty Terminal (source: Gibson Energy)

Gibson said the expansion will include construction of two new 500,000-barrel tanks at the "Top of the Hill" portion of the Hardisty Terminal.  The additional tankage represents an expansion of the fourth phase of development at the Top of the Hill, which will be placed into service by the end of 2020.

The new tankage will be constructed at a capital cost consistent with the Company’s target build multiple of 5x to 7x EBITDA under long-term, take-or-pay and stable fee-based contracts, Gibson said.  One of the tanks is contracted to a new investment-grade refining customer, while the second will be leased to Gibson’s Marketing segment under an inter-company agreement with the Infrastructure segment.

“The sanction of two new tanks at the Top of the Hill will further increase our high-quality, long-term infrastructure revenues and drive continued distributable cash flow per share growth,” said Steve Spaulding, president and CEO. 

“We are also very pleased to welcome a new refining customer to the terminal, reflecting the importance of Hardisty to downstream players looking to secure heavy crude feedstocks from Western Canada.  In addition, we remain in discussions for further tankage opportunities, leading to our confidence in our ability to continue to sanction tankage at a rate of two to four tanks per year in 2020, and beyond.”

Gibson placed four new tanks (or two million barrels of tankage) into service last month, ahead of schedule and within target capital costs, the company said. 

With the sanction of additional tankage at the Top of the Hill portion of its Hardisty Terminal, Gibson currently has three tanks representing 1.5 million barrels of tankage currently under construction.  Once the fourth phase of development at the Top of the Hill is placed into service in the fourth quarter of 2020, Gibson will have approximately 13.5 million barrels of storage capacity at its Hardisty Terminal.

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