Ports & Terminals

Second Deepwater Dock At South Texas Gateway Completed

Buckeye Partners L.P. announced December 30 that crude oil export operations have commenced at the second deepwater dock at South Texas Gateway (STG), a new state-of-the-art terminal constructed at the mouth of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel in Ingleside, Texas.

The completion of this dock enables Buckeye to accommodate the berthing and loading of two vessels simultaneously, further facilitating the supply of North American crude oil to global markets. Buckeye also announced the loading of the first VLCC tanker to berth at the terminal, marking another significant moment for Buckeye and the Port of Corpus Christi.

“We are very excited to have achieved these important milestones at our new facility, enhancing STG’s and Buckeye’s ability to serve global energy markets,” Buckeye Partners President and CEO Clark C. Smith said. “STG’s new terminal, alongside our nearby Buckeye Texas Partners facility, will be instrumental in providing our customers with cutting-edge logistics solutions and in reinforcing the role of the Port of Corpus Christi as a top export location for U.S. energy producers.”

“The completion of the second dock and loading of its first VLCC cargo at the STG Terminal are significant milestones for Buckeye and the Port of Corpus Christi,” Sean Strawbridge, CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi, said. “As Texas moves into the next phase of economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, partnerships like those between the Port of Corpus Christi and its customers such as STG are critical to the continuance of American leadership in the global energy marketplace.”

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STG’s marine facilities are now fully operational, with the final construction phase of storage facilities to be completed in the first quarter of 2021. STG is a joint venture 50 percent owned and operated by Buckeye Partners. Phillips 66 Partners LP and Marathon Petroleum Corporation, through respective subsidiaries, each have a 25 percent 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 throughput capacity of up to 800,000 barrels per day at its two deepwater docks.

Buckeye is one of the largest liquid petroleum products pipeline operators in the United States, with approximately 6,000 miles of pipeline.