As a current major exporter of U.S. crude oil, the Coastal Bend is home to important oil infrastructure in the local economy. BWTX is a proposed offshore deepwater port project which, if built, would provide U.S. oil producers additional infrastructure for the export of increasing U.S. crude oil supplies. The BWTX project would allow large crude oil export vessels to be safely, efficiently and cost-effectively loaded offshore via a single point mooring (SPM) buoy. The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) in cooperation with other regulatory agencies is currently evaluating the permit application for the proposed project.
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WHAT IS BWTX?
The SPMs for BWTX would be sited approximately 21 nautical miles east of the entrance to the Port of Corpus Christi and would include new pipeline infrastructure along 55 miles of onshore, inshore and offshore routes. The BWTX design focuses on environmental stewardship and safe, efficient and reliable operations. For additional project details please see the link to Project Details or View MARAD Application.
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While single point mooring (SPM) facilities are relatively new to the U.S, they are common globally with more than 600 SPMs worldwide currently in operation. The Tetney Monobuoy, an existing import SPM located on the east coast of England at the entrance to the pristine Humber Estuary, has been operating safely since 1971. Phillips 66, as the owner and operator of the monobuoy, has proven knowledge of offshore port technology and operations which will be utilized to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the BWTX SPM.
BWTX is committed to safe, efficient and reliable project operations. We are focused on environmental stewardship and being good neighbors. We are committed to developing a project that provides economic benefits for the local economy, while designed to ensure safe and environmentally sustainable operations.