Prostar Capital has announced that its GTI Statia (GTIS) storage terminal has entered into a long-term strategic relationship with Vitol Inc., whereby Vitol will operate the marine fuel bunker supply business at the GTIS terminal. GTIS will continue to provide storage, services and logistics infrastructure as before.
GTIS is one of the largest independent crude and refined product storage terminals serving the US Gulf Coast and Caribbean markets. It is a leading player in the bunker fuel market, utilising its unique and strategic location to serve customers in the cruise and cargo shipping industries. The strategic relationship with Vitol allows the 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.
“We are very pleased to announce GTI Statia’s agreement with Vitol to operate the bunker business out of our world-class 14 million bbl 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. Vitol is one of the largest energy traders in the world and is a significant customer at GTIS and at Prostar’s other storage terminals globally. This new initiative will strengthen our relationship with Vitol and will be immediately accretive for both organisations while bringing significant value to GTIS’ customer base in the regional bunker market.”
“We’re extremely proud to be working with Vitol. This transaction builds on the US$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. “With its strong track record of delivering solutions and managing major end-to-end customer experience, we know that Vitol will continue to bring value to our terminal business.”
Dominique Laborde of Vitol said: “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.”
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