The Operators:  Bluewing Midstream

The Operators: Bluewing Midstream

Storage of crude oil and refined products has now become a Spandex-tight issue for producers in the busiest basins looking to stash their goods amid skyrocketing inventories. Pipeline companies are urging E&Ps to cut back production to not risk further man-made declines of prices. Meanwhile, midstream operators that offer storage capacity face an interesting turn of events in which one journalist summed up, “Storage tends to be a ho-hum business, until it isn’t.”

Bluewing Midstream

Bluewing Midstream LLC was founded in July of 2015 with the aim to acquire, develop, and operate bulk liquids terminals along the Gulf Coast. Headquartered in Houston TX, they have partnered with Energy Spectrum – a well-established private equity firm located in Dallas, TX. First acquired in October 2016, terminals are strategically located in Brownsville, TX to serve the South Texas, Mexico, and other international markets.

On the refined products side of the equation comes Houston-based Bluewing Midstream. Led by company president Todd Reid, whose roots trace back to years spent as a successful Chicago floor trader, Bluewing five years ago snatched up seven storage tanks from a Brownsville, Texas, operation going out of business. Reid knew that a lot of end users for jet fuel and gasoline, like airports and big gas stations, couldn’t buy fuel directly from a refinery. Instead, they bought their fuels from a trader. Bing!

At the time of purchase, Bluewing’s acquired tank farm offered a mere 50,000 Bbls of storage for refined products. But with a cash infusion in 2015 of $100 million from Dallas-based, private-equity firm Energy Spectrum Capital (which we’ll highlight in our ongoing series The Money Backers), Bluewing set off to expand its terminal footprint to include diesel, gasoline, base oil, wax, jet fuel, LPGs and ethanol to serve not only South Texas but Mexico and international markets. The company’s Phase II expansion last year added 300,000 Bbls of new liquids storage capacity for a current 1.1 million Bbls overall. With barge, rail and truck capabilities, Bluewing now offers 57 storage tanks approximately two miles from Mexico. Phase III of its bulk liquid terminal is in the wings to add another 1.19 MMBbls of new storage capacity.

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The Money Backers:  Global Infrastructure Partners

The Money Backers: Global Infrastructure Partners

In RMR’s continuing series The Money Backers, we give readers a glimpse of who’s who and who owns what in energy’s private equity world.  From the largest to the smallest to the newest, we look especially at those firms making hay in the midstream industry to provide the capital infusion required to give growth projects liftoff.

Global Infrastructure Partners

Global Infrastructure Partners is an infrastructure investment fund making equity and selected debt investments. GIP is headquartered in New York City and its equity investments are in infrastructure assets in the energy, transport and water/waste sectors.

N.Y.-based Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) joins an elite group of private-equity firms that tether their investments to core infrastructure around the world. From international airports to power plants in South America and marine hubs in Australia, GIP also backs an A-list of energy players in the U.S. that operate critical bones in the oil and gas, LNG, water, wind, solar, and renewables sectors. With a portfolio of 14 active investments, the firm is considered one of the world’s largest infrastructure investors managing $74 billion in assets.

Let’s look at GIP’s midstream portfolio companies that call the U.S. home.

  • Based in Dallas, EnLink Midstream finds its niche in the Permian Basin, North Texas, Okla., the Ohio River Valley, and the Gulf Coast, where it operates 12,000 miles of oil and gas gathering and transportation pipelines; 21 processing plants with 5.3 BCF of capacity; seven fractionators; barge and rail terminals; storage facilities; disposal wells; and an extensive crude oil trucking fleet.
  • Texas-based Freeport LNG, which just recently began flowing feed gas into the terminal’s third train, is now developing Train 4 that will allow export of an additional 5 MTPA of LNG and increase the project’s total export capability to more than 20 MTPA.
  • Houston-homed Hess Midstream plays ball in the Bakken and Three Forks shale plays in the Williston Basin, where it operates 1,600 miles of oil, gas and water gathering line, the Hawkeye Gas Facility with the capability to compress 50,000 MCFPD of natural gas, extract NGLs and remove water vapor; and the Hawkeye Oil Facility, a crude oil pumping and truck unloading center.
  • Medallion Gathering & Processing, based in Irving, Texas, is the largest privately held crude oil transportation system in the Midland sub-basin but also holds natural gas assets. The company’s Midland and Delaware infrastructure include nearly 900 miles of crude oil gathering and transportation pipelines, 10 stations with storage and truck unloading facilities, 150 miles of natural gas pipe, two processing facilities, and five compressor stations.

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