What is BWTX?

The proposed BWTX project includes two new 30-inch pipelines along 55 miles of onshore, inshore and offshore routes, a booster station and control room at Harbor Island and two, offshore single point mooring buoys.

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The mooring system is located approximately 21 nautical miles east of the entrance to the Port of Corpus Christi. Crude oil for BWTX will come from an onshore storage terminal located near Taft, TX, which will connect to the Gray Oak Pipeline; the future Red Oak Pipeline; and other third-party pipelines.

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Process

The lead permitting agency is the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD). Numerous other state and federal agencies, including the US Coast Guard (USCG) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are also involved in the evaluation of the permit application and development of the final decision. The rigorous, federally regulated process is expected to take at least one year to complete and will include specified opportunities for public comments. Extensive community consultation is a key component of the overall permitting process. BWTX could be online in 18-24 months following receipt of regulatory approvals and necessary commercial support.

Project Timeline

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May 30, 2019
Submit MARAD Permit Application

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July 22, 2019
Public Comment Period

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Project Feasibility Decision

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Public Comment Period

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Public Comment Period

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Construction Begins

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In-Service

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Project at a Glance

KEY FACTS

PROPOSED PROJECT

An offshore deepwater port for crude oil export including new pipeline infrastructure, a booster station and two offshore single point mooring buoys

SITE

Located approximately 21 nautical miles offshore east of the entrance of the Port of Corpus Christi

PURPOSE

Construct and operate an offshore deepwater port providing safe and environmentally sustainable solutions for the export of abundant domestic crude oil supplies from major shale basins to global markets

COMPONENTS

Pipelines, booster station and two single point mooring buoys

MILESTONES

  • Scoping Public Comment Period – July 22, 2019
  • Project Feasibility Decision
  • Draft EIS Public Comment Period
  • Final EIS Public Comment Period

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The MARAD license application is available for viewing at regulations.gov