United Refining to buy New York marine terminal from Phillips 66

United Refining has agreed to buy Phillips 66's marine petroleum terminal and associated assets in Riverhead, New York, the companies said on Wednesday.

The deal is expected to close at the end of October, depending upon regulatory approval. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The Riverhead terminal is located on the North Shore of Long Island, New York, approximately 80 miles east of New York Harbor. The facility encompasses 280 acres and has over 5 million barrels of petroleum storage capability.

The Riverhead marine terminal is utilized as storage and transshipment hub for crude, heavy fuels, diesel and gasoline, and the offshore marine platform is the only deepwater loading/unloading platform on the US East Coast.

With an operating draft of 64 feet, the terminal's offshore platform routinely receives Suezmax vessels and is capable of handling VLCC tankers, the companies say.

"We are pleased to add the Riverhead Terminal to our operations," said John A. Catsimatidis, CEO of United Refining. "We will be able to provide storage and terminaling services to a wide variety of customers throughout the world. Current Riverhead terminal supervisor Dan Gianfalla will continue to manage the facility for us with his highly-trained crew."

Phillips 66 is the newly-formed downstream spinoff company from ConocoPhillips.

"The sale of the Riverhead terminal is part of Phillips 66's ongoing strategy to divest assets that do not fit with our long-term business objectives," said Tim Taylor, executive vice president for commercial, marketing, transportation and business development for Phillips 66.

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