Port expanding to handle anticipated growthPort expanding to handle anticipated growthhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=155312017-01-06T06:00:00Z2017-01-06T17:00:00Z

CORPUS CHRISTI – ​​Port officials are working to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to ensure that the port is able to accommodate​ new growth.

​The port has twice gotten approval from Congress to widen the ship channel from Port Aransas to the Harbor Bridge, and to deepen it from 45 feet to 52 feet. However, they've not been awarded the estimated $350 million needed for the improvements.​

Current infrastructure changes at the port include:

  • New oil docks along the ship channel that will directly benefit two port tenants—M&G Resins USA and NuStar Energy. Oil Dock 14 is being built for $24.8 million on land where M&G is constructing a 412-acre PET plant for plastics. NuStar Energy recently announced plans to expand its storage capacity near Oil Dock 15 to more than 3.6 million barrels.

  • Expanding storage capacity to the Port's 43-mile rail network. The first phase, an $18 million project, created eight-unit train sidings and provided rail storage for nearly 1,300 rail cars. Phase II called for more rail car spots and storage for $28 million. That will be finished this quarter.​​

A record 103.5 million tons of cargo, most of it petroleum, sailed through the port on more than 7,500 vessels in 2015. Port financial records show 85.9 million tons made their way through the port between January and November, down from 95 million during the same period a year earlier​.

Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Corpus Christi
Infrastructure & Transportation
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