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A Welcoming Business Climate

Corpus Christi region opens arms to leaders of commerce

It’s little wonder that so many leaders of commerce are choosing Port Corpus Christi as their base for billions of dollars of operations. With its abundant availability of skilled workers, lack of state income tax, relatively low cost of living, multiple higher education and workforce development opportunities, world-class healthcare, Gulf Coast tourism and cultural prominence, longtime military presence, strategic location and, of course, outstanding transportation network, Corpus Christi boasts a thriving climate for business. A collaborative areawide approach, spearheaded by the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp., spotlights these and other welcoming assets, encouraging industry to make The Port of the Lone Star State™ home.

The perfect recipe for regionalism is further advanced through the South Texas Alliance for Regional Trade, strategically bringing together all the positive features of Port Corpus Christi with the air, rail, highway and Foreign-Trade Zone attributes of Port San Antonio, as well as the U.S.-Mexico trade gateway of Port Laredo.

The Eagle Ford shale play, a 12,000-square-mile formation rich in oil and natural gas fields extending beneath much of South and East Texas, with reserves estimated at more than 3 billion barrels, begins just an hour’s drive from Port Corpus Christi and is spurring a boom in commercial activity that is having a $25 billion annual impact on the regional economy.

Fueled by this activity, Port Corpus Christi’s addition of three new oil docks is being matched by a similar number of new private dock facilities.

Eagle Ford not only is bringing about burgeoning outbound tanker and barge activity at Port Corpus Christi, as well as increasing inbound shipments of bulk materials used in drilling processes, it also is inspiring huge investments on the part of domestic and global industry.

The largest single such investment is being made by a division of Houston-based Cheniere Energy Inc., which is building a $10 billion liquefaction facility and export terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) on a 612-acre site along the port’s La Quinta Ship Channel.

Investing $1 billion apiece are China-based Tianjin Pipe Corp., which is locating an oil and gas pipe manufacturing plant near the La Quinta Terminal, and Italy-based M&G Group, which is building along the port’s Inner Harbor a plant for producing purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin – material used in making plastic packaging. The M&G complex alone is projected to create 3,000 construction jobs and support nearly 1,000 direct and indirect jobs upon operation.

Companies expanding existing operations at Port Corpus Christi include Wichita, Kan.-based Flint Hills Resources LP., enhancing its West Refinery at the port, and Oxy Ingleside Property Holdings LLC, a unit of Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum Corp., developing a portion of 900-plus acres of the former U.S. Naval Station Ingleside and additional port property, augmenting an Occidental Chemical Corp. (OxyChem) plant that has been in operation in Ingleside since 1987. Other facilities already in place in Ingleside include Kiewit Offshore Services Ltd.’s 400-acre installation for fabrication of deepwater oil and gas structures.

All told, Port Corpus Christi is home to six refinery facilities, including multiple facilities of Valero Energy Corp. and Citgo Petroleum Corp., in addition to the two Flint Hills installations, plus MarkWest Javelina Co.’s off-gas processing plant.

Meanwhile, NuStar Logistics LP and TexStar Midstream Services LP are completing a new pipeline system linking Eagle Ford with Port Corpus Christi, while Harvest Pipeline Co. And Koch Pipeline Co. LP also are engaged in expansion of Eagle Ford-Corpus Christi crude transport capacities.

With more than 40,000 Texas jobs related to Port Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend businesses count on several institutions to build the region’s workforce muscle. They include Texas A&M University campuses in both Corpus Christi and nearby Kingsville; the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas; two campuses of Corpus Christi-based Del Mar College; and four locations of Coastal Bend College.

Leading-edge medical facilities include those of the CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, Corpus Christi Medical Center and Driscoll Children’s Hospital.