Kinder Morgan Inc. has finalized agreements with BP Products North America Inc. to acquire 15 refined products terminals and associated infrastructure in the United States in a transaction valued at approximately $350 million.
Kinder Morgan and BP will form a joint venture limited liability company (JV) terminal business to own 14 of the acquired assets, which Kinder Morgan will operate and market on the JV’s behalf, according to an Oct. 20 company statement. One terminal will be owned solely by Kinder Morgan.
The terminals, with approximately 9.5 million barrels of storage, are pipeline-connected to key refining and processing centers across the United States and offer extensive truck, vessel and barge access, and terminal service capabilities. In connection with the transaction, BP will enter into commercial agreements securing long-term storage and throughput capacity from the JV, which plans to market additional capacity to third-party customers. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.
“We are excited to be partnering with BP on this joint venture,” said John Schlosser, president of Kinder Morgan Terminals. “By combining BP’s expertise in product trading and marketing with Kinder Morgan’s strength in operations and terminal development, the JV is well suited for growth opportunities in high-demand refined petroleum products markets. We believe this arrangement benefits BP, Kinder Morgan and third-party customers.”
Kinder Morgan will own a 75 percent interest in the JV, with BP owning the balance. The terminals are located in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and on the West Coast.