Rangeland Energy announced that the company and its financial sponsor EnCap Flatrock Midstream have entered into a definitive agreement to sell Rangeland Energy II, LLC (Rangeland II) to Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Andeavor for an undisclosed amount. Rangeland II owns and operates the RIO system, a multipart crude oil and frac sand logistics system originating in the heart of the Delaware Basin. The system provides access and optionality to multiple crude oil producers and end markets and consists of the RIO pipeline system and the RIO hub.
The all-cash transaction is expected to close early in the first quarter of 2018, subject to customary regulatory approvals. Substantially all of Rangeland II’s field employees will be invited to remain with the asset as employees of Andeavor. The Rangeland II management team will focus on the expansion of Rangeland Energy III, LLC (Rangeland III). Rangeland III is developing the STEPS logistics terminal in Corpus Christi and pursuing midstream opportunities in western Canada.
STEPS is an integrated hydrocarbon logistics system that will receive and store refined products, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and other hydrocarbons at a new terminal hub now under construction in Corpus Christi (Texas) and transport them to terminals primarily located in Mexico.
The RIO system is comprised of four core facilities, with additional facilities under development. The RIO hub rail facility is located approximately 12 miles south of Carlsbad in Eddy County, New Mexico, and is the Delaware Basin’s premier frac sand rail-unloading, storage and truck-loading facility. The RIO pipeline consists of 110 miles of 12 in. crude oil pipeline, bridging the Delaware and Midland basins with connectivity at the State Line terminal in Loving County (Texas) and the Geneva and Zurich terminals in Midland (Texas). The RIO system provides shippers optionality to access the Colorado City, Cushing, Corpus Christi and Houston markets through Midland. Planning for additional Midland connectivity is in progress to offer even greater optionality to shippers on the RIO system.
“Rangeland II Chief Operating Officer Steve Broker and his team have done an outstanding job of creating value by developing a scalable system with connectivity to the Midland market centre and beyond,” said Rangeland President and CEO Chris Keene. “We look forward to continuing to work with EnCap Flatrock Midstream as we leverage our successful terminaling experience to develop the STEPS Terminal in Corpus Christi and pursue exciting new business opportunities in Canada.”
“This is our second successful realisation with Rangeland,” said EnCap Flatrock Midstream Managing Partner and Founder Bill Waldrip. “Chris Keene and Steve Broker were early to recognise the midstream opportunities in the Delaware Basin and first to market in 2014 with what soon became RIO’s comprehensive logistics platform. Rangeland management was early to recognise similar opportunities in the Bakken when we first backed them a little more than eight years ago. When you combine extraordinary vision with a team that has the ability to execute as well as the Rangeland team does, you have a recipe for success for our institutional investors and the Rangeland team. It’s been a great relationship, and we look forward to working with Rangeland for many years to come.”
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