Affiliates of Magellan Midstream Partners LP and Enterprise Products Partners LP have agreed to jointly develop a futures contract for the physical delivery of crude oil in the Houston area.
The announcement comes in response to market interest for a Houston-based index with greater scale, flow assurance and price transparency. The quality specifications will be consistent with a West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil originating from the Permian Basin with delivery capabilities at either Magellan’s East Houston terminal or Enterprise’s ECHO terminal in Houston.
“The industry-recognized quality and consistency of Midland WTI crude oil at Magellan’s East Houston terminal, combined with flexible and reliable market access offered by both Magellan and Enterprise, make this joint effort a logical advancement for crude oil futures to provide added value for our customers, both domestically and globally,” said Magellan CEO Michael Mears in a Jan. 21 statement.
Magellan is a publicly traded partnership that primarily transports, stores and distributes refined petroleum products and crude oil. Magellan owns the one of the longest refined petroleum products pipeline system in the country, with access to nearly 50 percent of the nation’s refining capacity and can store more than 100 million barrels of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel and crude oil.
“We are pleased to join with Magellan on this initiative, which will provide customers with enhanced flexibility, connectivity, market access and price transparency for their physical barrels of crude oil,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, co-CEO of Enterprise’s general partner. “This project will leverage the strengths of two major midstream infrastructure systems, featuring five pipelines serving the Permian Basin capable of delivering 2 million barrels per day of crude oil into the Houston market (with the potential for third-party pipelines to double the capacity of Permian Basin crude oil into the market), a robust Gulf Coast storage position, redundant connectivity to every refinery in the Houston area, and access to the largest network of crude oil export terminals located along the Houston Ship Channel.”
Enterprise Products is one of the largest publicly traded partnerships and a leading North American provider of midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals. Services include natural gas gathering, treating, processing, transportation and storage; NGL transportation, fractionation, storage and export and import terminals; crude oil gathering, transportation, storage and export and import terminals; petrochemical and refined products transportation, storage, export and import terminals and related services; and a marine transportation business that operates primarily on the United States inland and Intracoastal Waterway systems. The partnership’s assets include approximately 50,000 miles of pipelines; 260 million barrels of storage capacity for NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals; and 14 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage capacity.