The Port of Corpus Christi has congratulated Buckeye Partners LP for achieving a historic milestone at its South Texas Gateway (STG) Terminal project – loading the first vessel with crude oil sourced from the Permian Basin for export to overseas markets.

STG is a joint venture, which is 50% owned and operated by Buckeye Partners. Phillips 66 Partners LP and Marathon Petroleum Corporation each have a 25% ownership interest. 

When fully operational, STG’s petroleum products storage capacity will be 8.6 million barrels, with the potential to expand to 10 million barrels, and up to 800,000 barrels per day of throughput capacity at two deepwater docks.

Sean Strawbridge, Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi, said: “The milestone reached by Buckeye Partners LP on loading its first vessel at the South Texas Gateway Terminal is monumental, particularly as our nation’s economic recovery from COVID-19 gets underway.”

He added: “The oil and gas industry has gone through a period of unprecedented demand destruction that is only now beginning to show signs of reversing. The loading of this vessel with crude from the Permian Basin is a sign that this economic downturn is changing direction.”

Khalid Muslih, Executive Vice President of Buckeye GP and President, Global Marine Terminal, agreed and said: “South Texas Gateway represents a significant investment in the Port of Corpus Christi and a long-term commitment to our customers.

“Our employees and contractors continue their efforts to safely and efficiently complete the additional phases of construction on this project, which we expect to be fully complete by the first quarter of 2021. This world-class facility will play a critical role in serving global energy markets from South Texas and the Port of Corpus Christi.”

Charles W. Zahn, Port of Corpus Christi Commission Chairman, concluded: “We congratulate Buckeye Partners LP for reaching this important stage in their South Texas Gateway Terminal facility. As The Energy Port of the Americas™, it is our mission to ensure that our customers are able to fulfil the energy needs of our allies around the world who rely on American energy to power their lives.”

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17th July 2020