Offshore export facility proposed for east of Corpus Christi
Houston refiner Phillips 66 is seeking permission to build an offshore crude oil export terminal east of Corpus Christi.The project would add to the export infrastructure on the Texas coast especially around Corpus Christi where several pipeline projects would terminate. The facilities would handle some of the largest ships in the world.
Phillips 66 subsidiary Bluewater Texas Terminal LLC began contacting public officials about the offshore project earlier this month, records obtained by the Houston Chronicle show.
Under its current plans, Phillips 66 is seeking permission to build two offshore buoys about 27 miles east of Port Aransas.
Supported by two underwater, 30-inch crude oil pipelines, the offshore terminal will be able to accommodate Very Large Crude Carriers, or VLCCs. Among the largest ships in the world, the supertankers can haul up to 2 million barrels of crude oil in a single shipment.
Permit filings remain pending but the proposed project would require approval from the U.S. Maritime Administration, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and other agencies.
In a statement, Phillips 66 reported that it is working with the Port of Corpus Christi to develop the project. If approved, Phillips 66 would be the operator of the proposed project.