Operating Costs and Expenses Highlights
Operating costs and expenses were $43.6 million and $129.6 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, representing increases of $5.1 million and $15.7 million over the respective periods of 2012. These increases are due to higher throughput levels on our assets, as well as year-over-year increases in maintenance costs, environmental accruals, employee costs and depreciation expense due to asset abandonment charges related to tankage permanently removed from service. Operating expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were reduced by $3.5 million due to a net tax refund related to payroll costs covering a multi-year period.
We have scheduled a webcast conference call today at 4:00 PM Eastern Time to discuss financial results. This webcast may be accessed at: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1022774.
An audio archive of this webcast will be available using the above noted link through November 13, 2013.About Holly Energy Partners, L.P. Holly Energy Partners, L.P., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, provides petroleum product and crude oil transportation, terminalling, storage and throughput services to the petroleum industry, including HollyFrontier Corporation subsidiaries. The Partnership owns and operates petroleum product and crude gathering pipelines, tankage and terminals in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Idaho, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming and Kansas. In addition, the Partnership owns a 75% interest in UNEV Pipeline, LLC, the owner of a Holly Energy operated refined products pipeline running from Salt Lake City, Utah to Las Vegas, Nevada, and related product terminals and a 25% interest in SLC Pipeline LLC, a 95-mile intrastate pipeline system serving refineries in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. HollyFrontier Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent petroleum refiner and marketer that produces high value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other specialty products. HollyFrontier operates through its subsidiaries a 135,000 barrels-per-stream-day (“bpsd”) refinery located in El Dorado, Kansas, a 125,000 bpsd refinery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a 100,000 bpsd refinery located in Artesia, New Mexico, a 52,000 bpsd refinery located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and a 31,000 bpsd refinery in Woods Cross, Utah. HollyFrontier markets its refined products principally in the Southwest U.S., the Rocky Mountains extending into the Pacific Northwest and in other neighboring Plains states. A subsidiary of HollyFrontier owns a 39% interest (including the general partner interest) in Holly Energy Partners, L.P.