CLH (company)

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Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos S.A.
Sociedad Anónima
IndustryPetroleum logistics industry
Key people
chairman: José Luis López de Silanes, ceo: Jorge Lanza Perea
ServicesStorage and transportation of oil products

The CLH Group, which is made up of Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos, CLH S.A. and its subsidiary company, CLH Aviación S.A., is the leading company in Spain for the transportation and storage of oil products. The company has an 85-year history, as it comes from what used to be (CAMPSA) (Compañía Arrendataria del Monopolio de Petróleos). CLH is the result of the spin-off, in 1992, of the commercial assets of the former CAMPSA that was carried out as the culmination of the process for deregulating the oil sector after the approval of new European Community laws that ended the oil monopoly. The CLH Group's main activity consists of transporting oil products – essentially gasolines, diesels, fuel oils and aviation fuels – from the refineries to the storage facilities the company has distributed across the whole of Spain, where its customers' tank trucks load these products and deliver them to the end consumers.[1] CLH holds logistics service contracts for the use of its facilities with most of the operators that do business in Spain, and competes with more than a dozen logistics companies that provide the Spanish market with storage and transportation services.

The International Energy Agency has given recognition to the flexibility and capacity this integrated storage and transportation system has for responding to unforeseen events.[2] The company also provides services related to consultancy and advice for international companies in the oil or logistics sectors, gaining its first experiences in countries such as Brazil, Colombia and Oman. Another service that CLH is fostering is strategic storage for European Union countries.[3]

On the other hand, CLH Aviación, created in 1997 and a wholly owned subsidiary of CLH, operates at most of the Spanish airports in the Iberian Peninsula and Balearic Islands, offering services for the storage, distribution and into-plane supply of aviation fuels and lubricants. CLH Aviación also provides advice and technical assistance for the installation and maintenance of distribution networks for different types of aviation fuel. The company has been given recognition by outside bodies, for example the highest rating in the world for sustainability in its sector, given by SAM (Sustainable Asset Management),[4] the European Seal of Excellence 500+,[5] various quality certificates from AENOR and the Family-Responsible Company (EFR) seal of approval.[6]

Share structure[edit]

Royal Decree-Law 6/2000 prohibits any CLH shareholder from holding more than 25% of the total number of company shares.

The shareholdings are distributed as follows:

Shareholder Percentage
CVC 25%
Borealis 24.77%
Ardian 15%
Oman Oil 10%
AMP Capital Investors Limited 10%
bcIMC CLH Investment Partnership 5%
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board 5%
Crédit Agricole Assurances 5%
Others 0.23%



CLH Headquarters in Madrid

CLH has 40 storage facilities, with a capacity of more than 8 million cubic metres, for all types of oil products. They are distributed across the whole of Spain and the Balearic Islands.


The company has a network of more than 4,000 kilometres (2,500 mi) of pipeline that connect the eight Spanish refineries with the storage facilities. The CLH Group logistics system is the most extensive civil pipeline network in Western Europe.[citation needed]

Merchant fleet[edit]

The CLH Group has two tankers in its fleet, the Tinerfe and the Castillo de Trujillo, that are used for transporting fuel to the Balearic Islands and to areas in the Peninsula that are not reached by the pipeline network.

Name Capacity (m³) Gross registered tons
Tinerfe 18.611 11.259
Castillo de Trujillo 37.637 21.656

Airport facilities[edit]

CLH Aviación has 28 airport facilities that are located at the major Spanish airports in the Iberian Peninsula and Balearic Islands, where it provides aviation fuel supply services to aircraft.

At Madrid/Barajas, Barcelona, Palma, Malaga and Alicante, the company has hydrant networks laid beneath the airport apron, which enable aircraft to be refuelled without the need to use tanker vehicles. It also has a fleet of 113 refuellers and 48 hydrant dispenser vehicles that are specially designed for supplying aircraft with fuel.

International expansion[edit]


CLH Pipeline System (CLH-PS) Ltd is an oil product logistics company wholly owned by CLH that carries out its activities in the United Kingdom. CLH-PS provides its services to several military facilities and some of the main airports in the United Kingdom. It is the main fuel pipeline and storage facility network in that country. Its infrastructures consist of a pipeline network of 2,000 kilometres, which represents 50% of the British pipeline network, and 15 storage facilities with a total capacity of over one million cubic metres. CLH-PS supplies 35% of the demand for aviation fuel in the United Kingdom. Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester are among the main airports it supplies, in addition to other 10 regional airports that are supplied by road tanker. CLH Pipeline System is currently carrying out a major modernisation programme in its infrastructures with the aim of improving safety and efficiency and reducing costs.

CLH Aviation Ireland[edit]

CLH Aviation Ireland is wholly owned by CLH Aviación and manages the fuel storage terminal at Dublin Airport, where it provides logistics services for the receipt, storage and dispatch of Jet A1. The company manages the aviation fuel infrastructure at Dublin Airport under an open-access (non-discriminatory) system for all oil suppliers that operate at this airport and the different into-plane agents. In addition, CLH Aviation Ireland is currently undertaking a major renovation project at the terminal, including the expansion of the plant capacity and the construction of a new hydrant system. The new facility will include three storage tanks of 5,000 cubic metres each, office and service buildings, parking area, pumping stations, loading systems for into-plane units, in addition to the most advanced safety systems. The project also involves the construction of a hydrant system at the airport boarding piers to facilitate into-plane operations, which will be connected to the storage terminal, thus allowing for smoother, faster, that is, more efficient, into-plane operations.


CLH has a 40% shareholding in a joint venture entered into with the Omani company ORPIC (owner of 60%) under the name of Orpic Logistics Company (OLC), which is responsible for the construction and management of a storage facility near Muscat, the capital of Oman, and a network of multiproduct pipelines linking the new storage facility with two existing refineries in the country and the international airport in Muscat.


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