Enterprise Products Partners LP and Chevron USA. Inc. (CUSA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Corp., have announced long-term agreements supporting the development of Enterprise’s Sea Port Oil Terminal (SPOT) in the Gulf of Mexico.
Enterprise’s SPOT project consists of onshore and offshore facilities, including a fixed platform located approximately 30 nautical miles off the Brazoria County, Texas coast in approximately 115 ft of water. SPOT is designed to load very large crude carriers (VLCCs) at rates of approximately 85 000 bph, or up to approximately 2 million bpd. The SPOT design also meets or exceeds federal requirements and, unlike existing and other proposed offshore terminals, is designed with a vapour control system to minimise emissions. The long-term agreements with Chevron support Enterprise’s final investment decision. Construction of SPOT is subject to obtaining the required approvals and licences from the federal Maritime Administration, which is currently reviewing the SPOT application.
“We are very pleased to announce these agreements with Chevron,” said A.J. Teague, CEO of Enterprise’s general partner. “As a result, we are announcing our final investment decision for our offshore crude oil terminal, subject to government approvals.”
“The SPOT facility provides opportunity to significantly expand our export capacity and access multiple market centres as we increase our crude oil produced out of the Permian.” said George Wall, President of Chevron Supply and Trading, a division of CUSA.
With the flexibility to allocate loading across multiple export facilities, Enterprise will optimise its Houston Ship Channel facilities by creating additional capacity to load growing LPG, ethane and petrochemical export volumes. As domestic crude oil and NGL production continues to exceed US demand and marine terminals approach full utilisation, projects like SPOT and the expansion of Enterprise’s LPG, ethane and petrochemical capabilities will be essential to balancing the market and meeting global demand for US production.
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