BTG Pactual's condensate export deal to end soon - sources

martes 1 de diciembre de 2015 11:57 GYT

HOUSTON Nov 30 (Reuters) - BTG Pactual's contract to export condensate from the northeastern United States is set to expire soon, three trade sources said on Monday, just as the Brazilian bank reels from the arrest and departure of its chief executive officer.

The deal by the commodities trading arm of the bank to lift condensate from a Buckeye Partners' terminal in New Jersey opened a new outlet for U.S. exports of the very light oil, which until then had been focused along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The initial contract was only for three months, the sources said. It is not clear if it might be renewed. U.S. producers are keen to export a glut of condensate, or super-light crude.

Regulators said in 2014 condensate that has been partially processed could be freely exported to circumvent a ban on domestic crude exports.

BTG shipped the first cargo of lightly stabilized condensate from the terminal in September and two additional cargoes loaded in October and November, each slated for delivery in Rotterdam.

The end of the initial contract comes just days after the arrest of the bank's chief executive and chairman, André Esteves, sent its shares plummeting and prompted clients to pull out more than $1 billion in investments held by its management division.

Esteves quit late Sunday after his arrest on Wednesday as part of the country's sweeping corruption probe. Esteves has denied the allegations against him.

BTG on Monday was reported to be reviewing assets and potentially selling off a part of its commodities unit to raise capital.

A commodities trading division BTG set up some two years ago spent about $300 million building a global business and hiring hundreds of staff.   Continuación...