Mitsui, Vopak to merge some terminal activities

Mitsui and Co (USA) Inc and Royal Vopak plan to merge their complementary tank terminal activities in the United States and Canada in a new joint venture, Vopak said.

Upon the transaction's completion, the venture will result in total storage capacity of approximately 23 million barrels (3.7 million cbm) and access to Vopak’s global network.

Vopak will contribute nine terminals in the United States and Canada that handle chemical, bio-fuel, and petroleum products.

Mitsui USA will contribute a tank terminal in Houston TX, which handles a wide variety of bulk chemicals, petrochemicals, liquefied chemical gasses and petroleum products, Vopak said.

The merger will be named Vopak ITC.

Mitsui USA and Vopak will participate on a 50/50 basis.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2006.

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