Participation by ITOCHU Corporation in LPG Export Project in the United States

February 27, 2013

ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) announced today that ITOCHU has entered into Joint Development Agreement with Coastal Caverns, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vitol Inc. (headquartered in Houston; Mike Loya, CEO), the North American subsidiary of the Vitol Group (founded in Rotterdam; Ian Tailor, CEO), for the joint development of LPG Export Project in the Gulf Coast region of the United States.

This project will include storage capacity for Propane and Butane at and around Beaumont, Texas, as well as a processing facility capable of handling 100,000bbls per day, which will allow for export of about Three Million Metric Tons per Year. The project is currently under the engineering stage, and plan to have Final Investment Decision during June 2013. Construction shall start thereafter with estimated completion at the end of 2014 when the export begins.

Total project cost is estimated around $500Million, and ITOCHU’s share in the project will be 34%. ITOCHU plans to market the LPG mainly to Asia.

The Vitol Group is one of the world’s largest independent energy trading company founded in 1966 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Its trading portfolio includes LPG, crude oil, oil products, LNG, natural gas, coal, power, metals and carbon emissions. Globally the Vitol Group trades around 6 million barrels of crude oil and products per day and revenues in 2011 were $297 billion. Further details about the Vitol Group are available on

Outline of the Vitol Group

Company name The Vitol Group
Representative Mr. Ian Tailor
Founded 1966(in Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
Revenues $297 billion (in 2011)

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Map of Gulf Coast region, the United States