NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL) today announced a strategic joint venture with ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) in which the companies will form Permian Express Partners LLC to combine certain of their key crude oil logistics assets. Sunoco Logistics will contribute its Permian Express 1, Permian Express 2 and Permian Longview and Louisiana Access pipelines. ExxonMobil will contribute: its Longview to Louisiana and Pegasus pipelines; Hawkins gathering system; an idle pipeline in southern Oklahoma; and its Patoka, Illinois, terminal.
This joint venture establishes a stronger crude oil logistics network to meet market demand, provides additional take-away opportunities for shippers, and expands ExxonMobil’s options to supply its network of refineries. Concurrent with the transaction, ExxonMobil and its affiliates will enter into a preferred provider agreement with the joint venture. Sunoco Logistics will be the majority owner and operator of the joint-venture’s assets.
“This combination of certain strategic crude oil assets, together with our existing and recently acquired Midland Basin assets, greatly enhances our service capabilities for the Permian Basin, one of the most prolific shale areas with incredible growth opportunities. We expect to achieve significantly greater long-term accretion as domestic crude oil production grows over time," said Michael J. Hennigan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunoco Logistics.
Upon closing, ownership in Permian Express Partners LLC will be approximately 85% SXL and 15% XOM.
About Sunoco Logistics
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL), headquartered in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, is a publicly traded Delaware limited partnership that owns and operates a logistics business, consisting of a geographically diverse portfolio of complementary pipeline, terminalling, and acquisition and marketing assets which are used to facilitate the purchase and sale of crude oil, NGLs and refined products. SXL's general partner is a consolidated subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP). For more information, visit the Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. web site at www.sunocologistics.com.
Portions of this document constitute forward-looking statements as defined by federal law. Although Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. believes that the assumptions underlying these statements are reasonable, investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and necessarily involve risks that may affect the Partnership’s business prospects and performance causing actual results to differ from those discussed in the foregoing release. Such risks and uncertainties include, by way of example and not of limitation: whether or not the transactions described in the foregoing news release will be cash flow accretive; increased competition; changes in demand for crude oil, NGLs and refined products that we store and distribute; changes in operating conditions and costs; changes in the level of environmental remediation spending; potential equipment malfunction; potential labor issues; the legislative or regulatory environment; plant construction/repair delays; nonperformance by major customers or suppliers; and political and economic conditions, including the impact of potential terrorist acts and international hostilities. These and other applicable risks and uncertainties have been described more fully in the Partnership's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 26, 2016, and in the Partnership's subsequent Form 10-Q and Form 8-K filings. The Partnership undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements in this release, whether as a result of new information or future events.