Chocks away on Puma bitumen foray

BP deal finalised with product to be sourced through international supply chain

Chocks away on Puma bitumen foray
Ray Taylor is bullish about Puma Bitumen.


Puma Energy’s leading position in the Australian bitumen supply chain has been nailed down with completion of its of BP business purchase.

Puma Bitumen will look to combine BP's technical products and experts with Puma's global experience, infrastructure and supply networks, the parent firm says.

The deal that surfaced earlier this year will see Puma own and operate BP's Brisbane, Townsville, Altona and Hobart sites, inheriting BP's proprietary bitumen products and 35 employees.

As part of the agreement, BP will continue to supply Puma Energy with bitumen from its Kwinana refinery until Puma's new WA fuel and bitumen terminal replaces it in 2017.

All operations will continue as normal, with the only immediate change being the rebranding of the business to Puma Bitumen.

Puma Energy Australia general manager Ray Taylor says the acquisition is a significant milestone for the company, as it expands its bitumen operations here.

"Our global capabilities in the bitumen sector gives us a unique position in the Australian market and allows us to offer customers high-quality products sourced through a secure and integrated global supply chain," Taylor says.

"This acquisition gives Puma Energy a competitive edge by taking a world-renowned, quality, technically-focused business and combining it with our already sophisticated global networks, industry-leading infrastructure and supply security promise.

"Our terminal network, soon to increase with the commissioning of our Perth terminal, complements a full-service logistics operation including the world's largest bitumen fleet, access to refined products in multiple countries and oxidisation plants in Sydney, Brisbane and [Tanjung]Langsat [in Malaysia and bought from BP last year]."

With the sale process now complete, company is focused on "welcoming the new staff and ensuring customer service was uninterrupted". 

"We are committed to a smooth transition for existing customers and will ensure they have access to the same team and the same products they have grown to trust and respect, but will also focus on adding value by bringing new capabilities and new opportunities to the table," Taylor says.

"Our immediate plans are to consolidate and then grow.

"Long-term, we will be looking to continue expanding our footprint in the bitumen market by building new fuel and bitumen terminals, investigating future capital investment into polymer products and enhancing the Bulwer facility in Brisbane."                                                                               

Puma began its bitumen operations in Australia in December 2013 with the purchase of Caltex's Sydney-based bitumen business.

Two years later the company operates in the Brisbane, Sydney, north Queensland, Western Australian and Tasmanian bitumen markets.

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