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Bluewater Texas Terminals LLC (Bluewater)

Port Type: Oil Export Facility. Proposed capacity: 80,000 barrels per hour; 1,920,000 barrels per day.

On May 30, 2019, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) received an application from Bluewater for all Federal authorizations required for a license to own, construct, and operate a deepwater port for the export of domestically produced crude oil. The deepwater port would be located approximately 15 nautical miles off the coast of San Patricio County, TX, in a water depth of 89 feet. After a coordinated completeness review by MARAD, the USCG, and other cooperating Federal agencies, the application was deemed complete on June 20, 2019, as it contained information sufficient to initiate processing. A Federal Register Notice of Application was issued to that effect on June 26, 2019 (84 FR 30301).

Bluewater is proposing to construct, own, and operate a deepwater port terminal in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed project involves the design, engineering, and construction of a deepwater port located in Outer Continental Shelf Matagorda Island Area TX4 lease blocks 698 and 699, approximately 56.48 miles of pipeline infrastructure, and a booster station. The Bluewater deepwater port would allow for up to two (2) very large crude carriers (VLCCs) or other crude oil carriers to moor at single point mooring (SPM) buoys and connect with the deepwater port via floating connecting crude oil hoses. During single vessel loading operations, the proposed project would be capable of loading rates of up to approximately 80,000 barrels per hour (bph), and during simultaneous vessel loading operations, capable of loading rates of 40,000 bph. The facility is expected to service 16 Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) per month.

MARAD, in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, hosted an open house and public scoping meeting on Monday, July 22, 2019 in Corpus Christi, Texas for the Bluewater deepwater port license application. The purpose of the meeting is to solicit public comments to inform the development of an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed deepwater port.

UPDATE: A Federal Register Notice was published on August 15, 2019 (84 FR 41806) to advise the public that the public scoping comment period has been extended.  All comments on the Bluewater deepwater port license application must be received by August 30, 2019.  For additional information regarding this port as well as the deepwater port application review and licensing process, see Federal Docket Number MARAD-2019-0094).

SPOT Terminal Services LLC (Spot Terminal Services LLC)

Port Type: Oil Export Facility. Proposed capacity: 85,000 barrels per hour; 2,000,000 barrels per day

On January 31, 2019, the Maritime Administration and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) received an application from Spot Terminal Services (SPOT) for all Federal authorizations required for a license to own, construct, and operate a deepwater port to for the export of domestically produced crude oil. The deepwater port would be located approximately 27.2 to 30.8 nautical miles off the coast of Freeport, TX. After a coordinated completeness review by MARAD, the USCG, and other cooperating Federal agencies, the application was deemed complete on February 22, 2019, as it contained information sufficient to initiate processing. A Federal Register Notice of Application was issued to that effect on March 4, 2019 (84 FR 74135). The State of Texas has been deemed the Adjacent Coastal State.

The proposed facility would consist of two co-located 36-inch outside diameter, 40.8-nautical mile long crude oil pipelines, constructed from the shoreline crossing in Brazoria County, Texas, to the SPOT deepwater port for crude oil delivery. The deepwater port wound connect to two (2) Single Point Mooring (SPM) buoys through pipeline laterals. The SPM buoy system would be positioned in water depths of approximately 115 feet and consist of a pipeline end manifold, catenary anchor leg mooring system, and other associated equipment. The facility will be capable of exporting 85,000 barrels of oil per hour. 

MARAD, in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, hosted an open house and public scoping meeting on March 20, 2019 in Lake Jackson, Texas for the Texas SPOT deepwater port license application. The purpose of the meeting was to solicit public comments to inform the development of an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed deepwater port. The public scoping period for the Texas SPOT deepwater port license application ended on April 8, 2019. Written comments submitted to the docket after that date will be considered in the preparation and development of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

On May 31, 2019, MARAD and the U.S. Coast Guard suspended the regulatory timeline for the Texas SPOT deepwater port license application. The timeline suspension provides the applicant an opportunity to submit additional information and/or analyses determined necessary for the completion of the project's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The notice advising SPOT Terminal Services LLC of the timeline suspension is posted in the Texas SPOT project at www.regulations.gov (Docket Number MARAD-2019-0011-0018). During the timeline suspension, MARAD and the U.S. Coast Guard will continue work on other resource areas not related to the requested information. The regulatory timeline will resume upon MARAD and the U.S. Coast Guard's receipt and validation of the requested information.

For additional information regarding this port, the deepwater port application review and licensing process, as well as details regarding the public meeting, see Federal Docket Number MARAD-2019-0011.

Texas COLT (Texas COLT LLC)

Port Type: Oil Export Facility. Proposed capacity: 85,000 barrels per hour; 2,000,000 barrels per day.

On February 4, 2019, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) received an application from Texas COLT for all Federal authorizations required for a license to own, construct, and operate a deepwater port for the export of domestically produced crude oil. The deepwater port would be located approximately 27.8 nautical miles off the coast of Freeport, TX. After a coordinated completeness review by MARAD, the USCG, and other cooperating Federal agencies, the application was deemed complete on February 25, 2019, as it contained information sufficient to initiate processing. A Federal Register Notice of Application was issued to that effect on March 5, 2019 (84 FR 7968). The State of Texas has been deemed the Adjacent Coastal State.

The proposed facility would consist of 27.8 nautical miles of a new 42-inch diameter crude oil pipeline, which connects to a platform. The platform connects to two (2) Single Point Mooring (SPM) buoys through 42-inch pipeline laterals and each lateral is one nautical mile from the platform. The SPM buoy system would be positioned in water depths of approximately 110 feet and consist of a pipeline end manifold, catenary anchor leg mooring system, and other associated equipment. The facility would be capable of exporting 85,000 barrels of oil per hour.  

MARAD, in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, hosted an open house and public scoping meeting on March 22, 2019 in Lake Jackson, Texas for the Texas COLT deepwater port license application. The purpose of the meeting was to solicit public comments to inform the development of an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed deepwater port. The public scoping period for the Texas COLT deepwater port license application ended on April 8, 2019. Written comments submitted to the docket after that date will be considered in the preparation and development of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. For additional information regarding this port, the deepwater port application review and licensing process, as well as details regarding the public meeting, see Federal Docket Number MARAD-2019-0012.

Texas GulfLink LLC (Texas GulfLink)

Port Type: Oil Export Facility. Proposed capacity: 85,000 barrels per hour; 1,000,000 barrels per day.

On May 30, 2019, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) received an application from Texas GulfLink for all Federal authorizations required for a license to own, construct, and operate a deepwater port for the export of domestically produced crude oil. The deepwater port would be located approximately 28.3 nautical miles off the coast of Brazoria County, Texas, in a water depth of approximately 104 feet. After a coordinated completeness review by MARAD, the USCG, and other cooperating Federal agencies, the application was deemed complete on June 20, 2019, as it contained information sufficient to initiate processing. A Federal Register Notice of Application was issued to that effect on June 26, 2019 (84 FR 30298).

Texas GulfLink is proposing to construct, own, and operate a deepwater port terminal in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed project involves the design, engineering, and construction of a deepwater port, two fixed offshore platforms with piles in Outer Continental Shelf Galveston Area Lease Block 423, approximately 45.02 statute miles of pipeline infrastructure, and a booster station.  The Texas GulfLink deepwater port would allow for up to two (2) very large crude carriers (VLCCs) to moor at single point mooring (SPM) buoys and connect with the deepwater port via floating connecting crude oil hoses. The proposed project is capable of loading rates of up to approximately 85,000 barrels per hour. The facility is expected to service 15 VLCCs per month.

MARAD, in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, hosted an open house and public scoping meeting on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 in Lake Jackson, Texas for the Texas GulfLink deepwater port license application. The purpose of the meeting is to solicit public comments to inform the development of an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed deepwater port. 

UPDATE: A Federal Register Notice was published on August 15, 2019 (84 FR 40476) to advise the public that the public scoping comment period has been extended.  All comments on the Texas GulfLink deepwater port license application must be received by August 30, 2019.  For additional information regarding this port as well as the deepwater port application review and licensing process, see Federal Docket Number MARAD-2019-0093.

Texas Gulf Terminals (Texas Gulf Terminals, Inc)

Port Type: Oil Export Facility. Proposed capacity: 60,000 barrels per hour; 1,440,000 barrels per day.

On July 9, 2018, the Maritime Administration received an application from Texas Gulf Terminals, Inc. (TGTI) for all Federal authorizations required for a license to own, construct, and operate a deepwater port to export oil to foreign markets abroad. The application was deemed complete on July 31, 2018, and a Notice of Application acknowledging receipt of the completed application was published in the Federal Register on August 6, 2018 (83 FR 38455). The State of Texas has been deemed the Adjacent Coastal State.

The Maritime Administration, in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, hosted an open house and public scoping meeting on September 12, 2018 in Corpus Christi, Texas for the Texas Gulf Terminals, Inc. deepwater port license application. The purpose of the meeting was to solicit public comments to inform the development of an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed deepwater port.

On February 15, 2019, the U.S. Coast Guard and MARAD suspended the regulatory timeline for the Texas Gulf Terminals deepwater port license application. The timeline suspension provides the applicant an opportunity to submit additional information and/or analyses determined necessary for the completion of the project's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The notice advising Texas Gulf Terminals of the timeline suspension is posted in the Texas Gulf Terminals docket at www.regulations.gov (Docket Number MARAD-2018-0114-0056). During the timeline suspension, MARAD and the U.S. Coast Guard will continue to work on other resource areas not related to the requested information. The regulatory timeline will resume upon MARAD and the Coast Guard's receipt and validation of the requested information. For additional information regarding this port, the deepwater port application review and licensing process, as well as details regarding the public meeting, see Federal Docket Number MARAD-2018-0114.

Updated: Friday, August 16, 2019