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According to a July 28 report, Magellan Midstream Partners LP marked that the volumes in the last quarter on the Longhorn and BridgeTex pipelines that carry crude from the Permian Basin to Houston dropped dramatically since shippers likely exported barrels, meanwhile, refined product volumes grew on pandemic demand recovery.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Europe's request for barrels increased and shippers on the long-haul crude oil lines took volumes elsewhere, likely to be exported from the main port for oil exports – Corpus Christi, Texas, which is the largest U.S. crude export port.

Being an example of potential decisions that U.S. shippers could be making the moves are expected to be temporary. Shippers that did not fulfill their obligations would still have income which is known as deficiency payments, which are actually penalties for not transporting oil.

Volumes on the 450-mile (724-km) Magellan’s wholly-owned Longhorn crude oil pipeline from West Texas to Houston averaged approximately 200,000 bbl/d in the three months ended June 30 in contrast with 260,000 bbl/d in the same period the year before.

A joint venture, the BridgeTex crude pipeline from the Permian to Magellan’s East Houston terminal dropped to 215,000 bbl/d from virtually 315,000 bbl/d in the year-ago period.

The Tulsa, Okla.-based company expects relatively flat volumes for a few years on the Longhorn and the Bridgetex crude pipelines.

Meanwhile, on the Saddlehorn pipeline in Colorado, another joint venture, volumes were almost the same, and levels on the company’s South Texas systems rose.

However, volumes on the most prominent common carrier refined products pipeline system in the U.S. increased 3% partly because of pandemic demand recovery.

Income from oil storage plunged as a steeply risen-in-price market made holding barrels less attractive and following contract expirations while operating expenses grew $28 million.

Magellan is an important owner of tanks at the Cushing, Okla., storage hub, where levels have held almost above the operational lows of 20 million barrels in recent weeks. Magellan has a 9,800-mile refined products pipeline system with 54 connected terminals and two marine storage terminals (one of which is owned through a joint venture). Moreover, it owns about 2,200 miles of crude oil pipelines, a condensate splitter and storage facilities with an aggregate storage capacity of about 39 million barrels, of which 29 million are used for contract storage. Approximately 1,000 miles of these pipelines, the condensate splitter and 31 million barrels of this storage capacity (including 25 million barrels used for contract storage) are wholly-owned, and the remainder is owned through joint ventures. 

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Tyler Reitmeier Tel. +1 713-203-3128 Email: treitmeier@hartenergy.com

BridgeTex Pipeline is expanding

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From Colorado City to Houston, TX to approximately 400,000 barrels per day.

Growing Export of US Crude Oil Is Expected to Set Record This Quarter

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On 27 June, the analysts at Kpler spread the word that the exports of crude oil from the U.S. Gulf Coast could break a record 3.3 MMbbl/d this quarter as Europe has regard to U.S. crude which can outweigh sanctioned Russian oil. Due to Washington's decision to release 180 MMbbl of oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve, U.S. exports have increased in the last three months, as it has flooded the domestic market. Exports to Europe are anticipated averaging approximately 1.4 MMbbl/d this quarter, about 30% higher than the year-ago quarter, meanwhile, export to Asia is set to decrease to less than 1 MMbbl/d. Despite that the U.S. has lost about 1 MMbbl/d of refining capacity since 2020, it also boosted exports thanks to the government’s intervention to back crude supplies which has had consequences in growth in exports. Throughput via the Port of Corpus Christi has grown by more than 150,000 bbl/d and has become 1.86 MMbbl/d. Nevertheless, Port of Houston exports also have been increasing since the third quarter of last year, they remain below pre-pandemic levels.

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It is important to notice that the number of drillings trended in June and fell in August 2022 and gradually decrease over the last 6 weeks.

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On August 31 Ring Energy Inc. purchased privately-held Stronghold Energy, adding operations that are mainly situated in Crane County, Texas, in the Permian Basin’s Central Basin Platform. According to a September 1 Ring Energy release, this transaction fully complements the conventional-focused Central Basin Platform and Northwest Shelf asset positions in the Permian Basin. The majority owned by Warburg Pincus LLC, Stronghold’s operations are concentrated on the development of about 37,000 net acres situated mainly in Crane County. In July Ring Energy entered into an agreement to buy Stronghold Energy II Operating LLC and Stronghold Energy II Royalties LP for $200 million in cash at closing and $230 million in Ring equity based on a 20-day volume weighted average price. Consideration also involved a $15 million deferred cash payment due six months after closing and $20 million of existing Stronghold hedge liability increasing the total transaction value to $465 million. Stronghold’s asset base is almost 99% operated, 99% working interest, and 99% HBP. In July, Ring announced the current net production of Stronghold’s asset base was approximately 9,100 boe/d (54% oil, 75% liquids).

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Shareholder’s payout target was increased by 50% after the largest U.S. independent oil producer surpassed Wall Street’s earnings estimates on growing energy prices, said Houston-based Conoco Phillips Co. on Aug. 4. Due to Western sanctions on major producer Russia throttling energy supply amid a rebound in demand from pandemic lows, oil and gas #prices have soared. Crude has been trading more than 25% higher since the start of the year and results also benefited from high natural gas prices. Meanwhile, shares were down a fraction, to $91.03, in early trading but are up about 26% year to date. Conoco Phillips stated, that the average price obtained for a barrel of oil and gas accelerated 77% from a year earlier to $88.57. The company acknowledges that it has not hedged any of its oil and gas sales to make the most of higher market prices. The capacity of 1.69 million boe/d was in line with Wall Street estimates, however, the company expected the current quarter’s output would be between 1.71 million and 1.76 million boe/d.

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