The Port of Corpus Christi in Texas, the site of an LNG export plant owned by Cheniere Energy and other oil and gas shipment facilities, said it was set to formally launch its Ship Channel Improvement project. Once completed, the project will turn Corpus Christi into one of the main US LNG and oil export hubs.
“The Ship Channel Improvement Project marks a significant milestone in the progress of the United States in becoming a net exporter of energy production,” said the Port Authority. Strategically located on the western Gulf of Mexico with a 36-mile, 47 foot deep (Mean Lower Low Water) Channel, Corpus Christi is a growing gateway to international and domestic maritime commerce.
Cheniere Energy’s Corpus Christi LNG plant is situated on the La Quinta Channel on the northeast side of Corpus Christi Bay, outwith the port itself and on a 1,000-acre site controlled by the company. The first LNG cargo left the 4.5 mtpa Corpus Christi Train-1 in December 2018, and the overall liquefaction plant will have a nameplate capacity of 13.5 mpta once two further Trains, currently under development, will start operation.
Cheniere is also developing up to seven mid-scale liquefaction Trains adjacent to the existing Corpus Christi project, each with an expected nominal production capacity of around 1.4 mtpa of LNG. This would take total LNG shipments from the Port area to 23.3 mtpa.
In terms of crude oil exports, the Port of Corpus Christi’s location on the Gulf of Mexico and proximity to the West Texas oil and gas boom has created “a massive increase in demand and traffic,” according to the Port Authority. It is now ranked the fourth-largest U.S. port in terms of total tonnage.