Gibson Energy has announced the expansion of the Hardisty Terminal by 500,000 barrels of new tankage.
The decision comes under a long-term agreement with an investment grade customer, the closing of the divestitures of Wholesale Propane and non-core Environmental Services North, and continued execution on its infrastructure growth projects.
“We continue to demonstrate very strong execution on our infrastructure growth projects, with three new tanks totalling 1.1 million barrels at our Hardisty Terminal as well as the Viking Pipeline entering service ahead of schedule and in-line with budgeted capital,” said Steve Spaulding, President and Chief Executive Officer. “In addition, the remaining tanks currently under construction at our Hardisty Terminal are ahead of schedule and we have also sanctioned the construction of an additional tank, underpinned by a long-term agreement and consistent with our outlook of two to four tanks per year over the medium-term. Based on commercial discussions, we expect to sanction several additional projects over the course of 2019, and importantly, we will ensure we remain fully funded for our entire sanctioned capital program.”
The sanction of a new 500,000 barrel tank represents the fourth phase of development to be constructed at the Top of the Hill portion of the Hardisty Terminal. The tank will leverage certain infrastructure previously built as part of the prior phases, and is expected to be in service in the fourth quarter of 2020 at a capital cost consistent with the Company’s target build multiple of 5x to 7x EBITDA. Inclusive of the new tank, Gibson has sanctioned a total of eight additional tanks representing an incremental 3.6 million barrels of new storage capacity as part of the build-out at the Top of the Hill in the past 18 months.
Infrastructure Growth Projects Update
In mid-February 2019, Gibson successfully placed the first phase of development at the Top of the Hill portion of the Hardisty Terminal into service ahead of schedule with capital costs in-line with budget. With the three tanks from the first phase at the Top of the Hill adding an incremental 1.1 million barrels of storage, Gibson’s Hardisty Terminal has reached an aggregate storage capacity of 10 million barrels. The Company has also sanctioned an additional five tanks under long-term agreements, comprising an incremental 2.5 million barrels of storage, which are expected to enter service starting in late 2019 and through 2020. Construction of both the second and third phases at the Top of the Hill continue to progress, and are currently tracking ahead of schedule.
Gibson has also successfully placed the Viking Pipeline into service ahead of schedule and in-line with budgeted capital costs of approximately $50m. Portions of the Viking Pipeline were placed into service in December 2018, with the entire system being fully operational in mid-January 2019, with current throughput volumes on the system above initial expectations.
In the U.S., the company expects to begin construction of the pipeline connection between its Pyote East gathering system and the Wink Terminal in the second quarter, with the project expected to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The company continues to advance the expansion of its Moose Jaw Facility, with the project now expected to enter service ahead of schedule during the second quarter of 2019. The expansion is expected to increase throughput capacity by approximately 30 percent at a capital cost of $20m to $25m at a 1x to 3x EBITDA build multiple, depending on Western Canadian heavy crude differentials.
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