Agreement boosts oil terminal off Texas

Chevron USA Inc. and Enterprise Products Partners LP signed long-term agreements that will support development of a crude oil terminal 30 nautical miles off Brazoria County, Tex., and expansion of crude oil logistics between the Permian basin and Houston.

Chevron USA Inc. and Enterprise Products Partners LP signed long-term agreements that will support development of a crude oil terminal 30 nautical miles off Brazoria County, Tex., and expansion of crude oil logistics between the Permian basin and Houston.

Enterprise’s Sea Port Oil Terminal, in 115 ft of water, is designed to load very large crude carriers at 85,000 bbl/hr and includes a vapor control system.

The company said the agreements with Chevron support its final investment decision. Construction depends on approvals and licenses under consideration by the US Maritime Administration.

Enterprise said the added flexibility to load at multiple export facilities will enable it to “optimize its Houston Ship Channel facilities by creating additional capacity to load growing LPG, ethane, and petrochemical export volumes.”

Other long-term agreements with Chevron and other customers support expansion of the Enterprise crude oil system between the Permian basin and the company’s ECHO terminal in Houston, Enterprise said.

The Chevron agreement covers transportation, storage, and marine terminal services.

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