A surge in production in the Permian Basin of west Texas—-already the nation’s highest producing oilfield — is extracting more crude oil than refiners in Texas can handle. But now, producers in the Permian have new outlets for that oil with economic implications hundreds of miles away from the flatlands of west Texas.Based on crude oil export projections, port officials say they expect to add 5000 direct and indirect jobs in 2017. “This is not a bubble, this is real growth,” said vessel traffic controller Mike Stineman, as he scanned real time navigation charts indicating vessel traffic at the port. Radio chatter between vessels, the Coast Guard and the Vessel Control Center provided a non-stop soundtrack of the the pulse of the port.A longtime ban on U.S. crude exports was lifted last year. And today, the port of Corpus Christi is positioning itself to become America’s main energy export hub. Stineman said it is simplistic to say the lifting of the ban, ushered in as the Obama administration ended, is solely responsible for increased shipping activity at the the port. Increased demand in Mexico for US energy is also in play. Corpus Christi is an established refining center, and the largest natural gas liquefaction plant in the U.S. is slated to be built here. However, Stineman said the lifting of the ban is stimulating significant activity at the port.
Source: Oil Exports Bring Boom Times To Texas Port | Inside Energy
Two new crude pipeline projects from West Texas’ prolific Permian Basin to the Corpus Christi coastline have analysts crowing about refinery and export expansion in that city. The Houston-based pipeline company Buckeye Partners has proposed a 400,000 barrel-per-day line from Wink and Midland to existing facilities in Corpus.And a three-company consortium — TexStar Midstream Logistics, based in San Antonio, Castleton Commodities International, out of Connecticut, and Dallas-based Ironwood Midstream Energy — have proposed a new 590,000 barrel-per-day pipeline from Orla, Pecos, Crane, and Midland to Corpus, with a stop in Gardendale in the Eagle Ford oil field. Both projects aim to open for business in 2019.
Source: Pipelines planned from Permian to Gulf; Boom to come to Corpus Christi | Fuel Fix
A San Antonio-based company has entered into a joint venture to build a 730-mile pipeline that will link the oil fields of the Permian Basin to refineries and marine terminals at Port Corpus Christi.
Source: San Antonio-based TexStar Midstream Logistics to build EPIC Pipeline linking Permian Basin to Corpus Christi – San Antonio Business Journal
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An ambitious $20 billion project to build a 137-mile pipeline and a liquefied natural gas export terminal in deep South Texas has taken the next step forward.NextDecade LLC has filed its official application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday. The Woodlands-based company is seeking to build the Rio Bravo Pipeline and the Rio Grande LNG export terminal in the Port of Brownsville.
Source: NextDecade files official application to build Rio Grande LNG in the Port of Brownsville – San Antonio Business Journal
The unexpected plunge in the price of crude oil is throwing the energy markets in turmoil. It could force energy companies to defer $150 billion in future projects. However, it’s not expected to cause much near-term damage to LNG projects in the U.S, despite the fact that the price of oil is an important component in LNG prices around the world. At least that’s the view of analysts at energy intelligence firm, Wood Mackenzie, who see LNG’s momentum in America continuing in 2015.
Construction boom continues
Wood Mackenzie sees 2015 as a pivotal year for America’s budding LNG industry. The industry currently has four major LNG export projects under construction including Freeport LNG, Dominion Resources’ (NYSE: D ) Cove Point LNG, Sempra Energy’s (NYSE: SRE ) Cameron LNG, and Cheniere Energy’s (NYSEMKT: LNG ) Sabine Pass LNG, which is expected to begin exporting its first LNG cargos later this year. None of these projects are expected to be affected by the current turmoil in the energy market as all have signed up much of their LNG capacity under long-term contracts meaning construction should continue as scheduled.
Meanwhile, Wood Mackenzie sees two more projects beginning construction before the end of the year. One of the two is expected to be Cheniere Energy’s Corpus Christi project, which is seen receiving its Final Investment Decision early this year. That project looks like a lock to begin construction as it recently signed a long-term transportation and storage agreement with Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI ) , which is going to build a new pipeline to supply gas for Cheniere’s facility.
The other project that Wood Mackenzie expects to see begin construction this year is Elba Island, which is also known as Southern LNG. The project is a joint venture between Kinder Morgan and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (NYSE: RDS-A ) (NYSE: RDS-B ) , and according to Kinder Morgan’s timeline this project could begin construction in the second quarter of this year.
via LNG News: 2015 Seen as a Pivotal Year for LNG in the U.S..
Once a major company with the size, depth and, most of all, deep pockets like Kinder Morgan Inc. NYSE: KMI plunges in and makes a huge deal come together with pending acquisitions, all you need is a quote from the CEO Rich Kinder like “Fertile field to do a little grazing in” and you have sparked a wave of merger and acquisition M&A speculation in the energy master limited partnership MLP arena.A new report from the MLP team at UBS says that the analysts expect the healthy M&A atmosphere to continue. By their estimation, 67 M&A deals have so far been announced and/or completed versus 91 in 2013. The key statistic is the dollar amount of the transactions is already 44% above last year’s numbers. While Kinder Morgan’s deal was a consolidation of its existing businesses, the UBS team feels that other top companies will be looking to add-on companies that can complement existing business and supply needed growth.
via Potential MLP Acquisition Targets Include Crestwood Midstream Partners NYSE: CMLP, NuStar Energy NYSE: NS – 24/7 Wall St..
Houston-based Buckeye Partners LP NYSE: BPL said Sept. 2 it will acquire an 80 percent interest in an entity that holds a Corpus Christi terminal complex and other assets for $860 million.Trafigura AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dutch commodity trading company Trafigura Beheer BV, sold the interest in Trafigura Terminals LLC and will maintain a 20 percent interest in the entity. The deal is expected to close later this month.The entity, which will be called Buckeye Texas Partners, and its subsidiaries will own and operate a vertically integrated system of midstream assets including a deep-water, high volume marine terminal on the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, a condensate splitter and liquefied petroleum gas storage complex in Corpus Christi, and three crude oil and condensate gathering facilities in the Eagle Ford shale.
via Buckeye Partners buys interest in Trafigura's Corpus Christi terminal complex, other assets for $860 million – Houston Business Journal.
On Jul 1, Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC, an affiliate of midstream energy company Cheniere Energy Inc. LNG – Snapshot Report announced that it has signed a liquefied natural gas “LNG” sale and purchase agreement SPA with the Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas company, PT Pertamina. This deal follows a similar agreement with Woodside Petroleum Limited Read: Cheniere Energy, Woodside Pen 20-Yr LNG Sale and Purchase Deal. Cheniere Energy shares gained 4.5% on the NYSE after these SPAs.Per the 20-year agreement, Pertamina will buy roughly 0.76 million tons of LNG per annum mpta from Corpus Christi Liquefaction’s under-construction export terminal near Corpus Christi, TX. However, the purchase will take place when the second LNG train of the facility is operational. This is the second LNG deal of Cheniere Energy with Pertamina that brings the total sale to about 1.52 mpta.The Corpus Christi Liquefaction project is being developed to facilitate operations of up to three trains, with a total capacity to produce 13.5 mtpa of LNG. Cheniere Energy revealed that the agreement can be extended up to 10 years. Moreover, the company added that it would sell LNG on a free-on-board basis, under which it would incur the shipping costs. LNG from the second train will be delivered to Pertamina from 2019.
via Cheniere Energy Inks Second LNG Deal with Pertamina – July 3, 2014 – Zacks.com.
Cheniere Energy, Inc. “Cheniere” NYSE MKT: LNG announced today that its subsidiary, Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC “Corpus Christi Liquefaction”, has entered into a liquefied natural gas “LNG” sale and purchase agreement “SPA” with Woodside Energy Trading Singapore Pte Ltd “Woodside” under which Woodside has agreed to purchase approximately 0.85 million tonnes per annum “mtpa” of LNG upon the commencement of operations of Train 2 of the LNG export facility being developed near Corpus Christi, Texas the “Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project”. The Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project is being designed and permitted for up to three trains, with aggregate design production capacity of 13.5 mtpa of LNG.Under the SPA, Woodside will purchase LNG on a free on board “FOB” basis for a purchase price indexed to the monthly Henry Hub price plus a fixed component. LNG will be loaded onto Woodside’s vessels. The SPA has a term of twenty years commencing upon the date of first commercial delivery of the second train of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project, with an extension option of up to ten years. Deliveries from Train 2 are expected to occur in 2019.
via Cheniere and Woodside Sign 20-Year LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement – Press Release – Digital Journal.
Outbound shipments of Eagle Ford Shale crude and condensate through the Port of Corpus Christi rose to 445,615 b/d in April from 289,987 b/d in April 2013, the most recent data released by the port showed.April shipments also rose 3% month on month, from 430,829 b/d in March.Shipments have been on the rise this year, data on the port’s website showed. In January, outbound crude shipments averaged 353,192 b/d.
via Port of Corpus Christi outbound crude shipments rise 54% year on year in April – Shipping | Platts News Article & Story.