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A Tradition Of Leadership In Liquid Bulk Sector

Petroleum industry keeps fueling Port Corpus Christi

For seven decades, Port Corpus Christi has been a hub of activity related to petroleum and petrochemical industries – and the nearby Eagle Ford shale play is fueling even more business while spurring a shift from inbound to outbound shipments.

Over the past few years, Eagle Ford has become one of the most actively drilled targets for oil and gas in the United States, resulting in plentiful volumes of crude oil and natural gas coming into Port Corpus Christi for domestic shipment out to U.S. markets on U.S.-flag tankers and barges, as well as for export.

At the same time, the port has seen dramatic increases in inbound shipments of frac sand and other bulk materials, as well as supersacked proppants, used in drilling and pumping processes.

Through new construction and conversion, Port Corpus Christi has recently added three more public oil docks, bringing the total of such docks to 14, while private oil docks are growing in number to 17 from 14.

With berth depths of as many as 45 feet and lengths of as many as 1,000 feet, the port’s oil docks are able to handle tankers with capacities of as many as 170,000 dead weight tons (DWT).

New pipelines are being built, too, as are new installations such as the $10 billion liquefaction facility and export terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) being constructed by a Cheniere Energy Inc. unit along the port’s La Quinta Ship Channel, plus industry-related facilities for making plastics and pipe. Expansions of existing port-based refineries and petrochemical plants are also under way.

In addition to crude oil and fuels, Port Corpus Christi is a center for shipment of such liquid bulk petrochemical products as naphtha, reformate, cumene and xylene.