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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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. Additionally, we have resubmitted our EPA Air Permit to include vapor capture technology which will result in a total emission reduction of 77% compared to reverse lightering, further improving environmental benefits for the project. For more 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.
“The Bluewater Texas project will inject needed revenue into the U.S. economy and create many jobs (welders, equipment operators, electricians, and other construction workers). This will both directly and indirectly create spin-off jobs in other sectors of the economy that provide goods and services to the energy industry.”
“Philips 66 has had extensive meetings with stakeholders in the area and we believe this proposed project is well-considered, and a solid option for maintaining environmental standards, including keeping the Coastal Bend in Air Attainment (2017 NAAQS Standards). CCREDC is committed to pursuing smart and sustainable economic development practices and projects in this region, and we believe that this application meets these standards, and has been carefully planned and evaluated.”
“The Bluewater Texas Terminal represents an OFFSHORE option that would spur economic development for our oil and gas industry while keeping harmful impacts away from critical spawning grounds and habitats on the Texas coast. Because it would be a win-win-win for our oil and gas industry, our ecology and our tourism economy, the Texas Coastal Coalition supports the permitting of the Bluewater Texas Terminal.”
“As a local, I also know firsthand how important our tourism sector is and how much our locals love access to beaches and the outdoors. That is why, with the latest safety standards and due diligence, I believe this project can be done in an environmentally responsible way while also becoming an investment within our community. The proposed project is guardedly designed to meet several criteria to minimize the impact on the environment, wildlife, and cultural resources.” – Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales
“The United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce supports the partnership of Texas Bluewater Terminals to bring this project to the Port of Corpus Christi and all the economic advantages it will bring to the Coastal Bend.”
“TXOGA recognizes that multiple energy projects, including those like BWTX, are creating world class transportation infrastructure to help our communities and businesses reach markets across the globe. Sound science and technology will ensure an environmentally responsible and efficient operation and, according to provided models, the BWTX project will not negatively affect the air quality around Corpus Christi.”
“As the leading gateway for U.S. produced energy exports and a major economic engine of the State of Texas and the nation, the Port Corpus Christi Authority is submitting its full endorsement of Bluewater Texas Terminals, LLC project. Advancing the Bluewater Texas project is another step forward in the Port of Corpus Christi's mission to support infrastructure that will facilitate navigable commerce and thereby drive our nation's economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.”