Enterprise, partners outline Texas offshore port system

Christopher E. Smith
Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, Aug. 18 -- Enterprise Products Partners LP, Teppco Partners LP, and Oiltanking Holding Americas Inc. have formed a joint venture to design, construct, own, and operate a Texas offshore oil port and pipeline system to move waterborne oil to refining centers along the upper Texas Gulf Coast. Subject to regulatory approvals and permitting, the partners intend to have the system in service by fourth-quarter 2010.

The Texas Offshore Port System (TOPS) project would include an offshore port about 36 miles from Freeport, Tex., a subsea export pipeline landing near Freeport, two onshore storage facilities totaling about 5.1 million bbl of oil storage, and an onshore distribution system. Plans include a total of 160 miles of pipeline capable of moving 1.8 million b/d. The partners will be able to expand the system with construction of additional offshore facilities.

TOPS initial design calls for two single-point mooring buoys in about 115 ft of water capable of offloading 100,000 bbl/hr.

The TOPS pipeline system would extend from the offshore port to Freeport and extend 49 miles along the Texas Gulf Coast to a planned 3.9 million bbl oil storage facility in Texas City, Tex. From there, the pipeline would connect to existing oil pipeline systems serving Texas City and Houston Ship Channel refineries.

A separate but complementary component of TOPS involves construction of a 75-mile pipeline extending from Texas City to a 1.2-million bbl storage facility near Port Arthur, Tex. (bringing the system to its 5.1-million bbl storage capacity).

This storage facility would connect to area refineries and other facilities via pipeline and would also be able to deliver crude from existing Texas City docks and storage facilities to Port Arthur-Beaumont refineries.

Long-term supply contracts with Motiva Enterprises LLC and an affiliate of ExxonMobil Corp. total about 725,000 b/d and provide the financial underpinning for the project.

Enterprise ascribes demand for TOPS to planned refinery expansions along the upper Texas Gulf Coast expected to add about 425,000 b/d of capacity beginning in 2010, as well as expected increases in general ship traffic at onshore ports. Among current expansion projects is Motiva's Port Arthur refinery expansion, which will add 325,000 b/d of capacity in 2010 (OGJ, Apr. 28, 2008, p. 20) and Valero's 90,000 b/d expansion, also in Port Arthur, and expected to be complete by second-quarter 2011 (OGJ, Aug. 18, 2008, p.10).

Enterprise sees TOPS as offering an economic and safe alternative to increased lightering or ship channel transits as this increased demand is met. TOPS would be able to accommodate ultra large crude carriers (ULCCs) transporting as much as 3 million bbl of crude.

Affiliates of Enterprise, Teppco, and Oiltanking each have one third ownership in the joint venture and expect to invest about $600 million each in the project.

Petroport Inc., Corpus Christi, Tex., proposed an offshore crude port near Freeport in 1993 (OGJ, Sept. 27, 1993, p. 32), but this project never came to fruition. The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, 18 miles south of Grand Isle, La., in 110 ft of water uses three single-point mooring buoys and is the only US port currently capable of offloading ULCCs.

Contact Christopher E. Smith at chriss@ogjonline.com.

Related Articles

PHMSA proposes pipeline accident notification regulations

07/02/2015 The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has proposed new federal oil and gas pipeline accident and notification regulations. ...

Quicksilver Canada gets LNG export approval

07/02/2015 Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc. has received approval from the National Energy Board of Canada to export 20 million tonnes/year of LNG from a pos...

Origin lets contract for Otway basin fields

07/02/2015 Origin Energy Ltd., Sydney, has let a $1.3 million (Aus.) contract to Wood Group Kenny for provision of a detailed engineering design for the onsho...

Puma Energy completes purchase of Murco’s UK refinery, terminals

07/02/2015 Singapore-based Puma Energy Group Pte. has completed its purchase of UK midstream and downstream assets from Murco Petroleum Ltd., a subsidiary of ...

API to issue recommended practice to address pipeline safety

07/01/2015 The American Petroleum Institute expects to issue a new recommended practice in another few weeks that addresses pipeline safety issues, but the tr...

Shell Midstream Partners takes interest in Poseidon oil pipeline

07/01/2015 Shell Midstream Partners LP has completed its acquisition of 36% equity interest in Poseidon Oil Pipeline Co. LLC from Equilon Enterprises LLC, a s...

Shell makes FID on Appomattox deepwater development in Gulf of Mexico

07/01/2015 Royal Dutch Shell PLC has taken a final investment decision (FID) on the Appomattox deepwater development, authorizing construction and installatio...

Woodside-led Browse FLNG venture enters FEED phase

07/01/2015 The Woodside Petroleum Ltd.-led Browse LNG joint venture has entered the front-end engineering and design phase for a floating LNG (FLNG) developme...

Case for Keystone XL has grown stronger, TransCanada tells Kerry

06/30/2015 Canada is taking strong steps toward combating climate change, and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline crude oil pipeline remains in the US national ...
White Papers

UAS Integration for Infrastructure: More than Just Flying

Oil and gas companies recognize the benefits that the use of drones or unmanned aerial systems (UAS) c...

Solutions to Financial Distress Resulting from a Weak Oil and Gas Price Environment

The oil and gas industry is in the midst of a prolonged worldwide downturn in commodity prices. While ...
Sponsored by

2015 Global Engineering Information Management Solutions Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership Award

The Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global...
Sponsored by

Three Tips to Improve Safety in the Oil Field

Working oil fields will always be tough work with inherent risks. There’s no getting around that. Ther...
Sponsored by

Pipeline Integrity: Best Practices to Prevent, Detect, and Mitigate Commodity Releases

Commodity releases can have catastrophic consequences, so ensuring pipeline integrity is crucial for p...
Sponsored by

AVEVA’s Digital Asset Approach - Defining a new era of collaboration in capital projects and asset operations

There is constant, intensive change in the capital projects and asset life cycle management. New chall...
Sponsored by

Transforming the Oil and Gas Industry with EPPM

With budgets in the billions, timelines spanning years, and life cycles extending over decades, oil an...
Sponsored by

Asset Decommissioning in Oil & Gas: Transforming Business

Asset intensive organizations like Oil and Gas have their own industry specific challenges when it com...
Sponsored by
Available Webcasts

Operating a Sustainable Oil & Gas Supply Chain in North America

When Tue, Oct 20, 2015

Short lead times and unpredictable conditions in the Oil & Gas industry can create costly challenges in supply chains. By implementing a LEAN culture of continuous improvement you can eliminate waste, increase productivity and gain end-to-end visibility leading to a sustainable and well-oiled supply chain.

Please join us for this webcast sponsored by Ryder System, Inc.


On Demand

Leveraging technology to improve safety & reliability

Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Attend this informative webinar to learn more about how to leverage technology to meet the new OSHA standards and protect your employees from the hazards of arc flash explosions.


The Resilient Oilfield in the Internet of Things World

Tue, Sep 22, 2015

As we hear about the hype surrounding the Internet of Things, the oil and gas industry is questioning what is different than what is already being done. What is new?  Using sensors and connecting devices is nothing new to our mode of business and in many ways the industry exemplifies many principles of an industrial internet of things. How does the Internet of Things impact the oil and gas industry?

Prolific instrumentation and automation digitized the industry and has changed the approach to business models calling for a systems led approach.  Resilient Systems have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances while maintaining their central purpose.  A resilient system, such as Maximo, allows an asset intensive organization to leverage connected devices by merging real-time asset information with other critical asset information and using that information to create a more agile organization.  

Join this webcast, sponsored by IBM, to learn how about Internet of Things capabilities and resilient systems are impacting the landscape of the oil and gas industry.


Taking the Headache out of Fuel License and Exemption Certificates: How to Ensure Compliance

Tue, Aug 25, 2015

This webinar, brought to you by Avalara, will detail the challenges of tax document management, as well as recommend solutions for fuel suppliers. You will learn:

-    Why it’s critical to track business partner licenses and exemption documents
-    The four key business challenges of ensuring tax compliance through document management
-    Best practice business processes to minimize exposure to tax errors


Emerson Micro Motion Videos

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!


Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected