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Energy Transfer proposes development of Blue Marlin deep water crude oil export terminal

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Energy Transfer LP has proposed plans for The Blue Marlin deep water crude oil export terminal in the Gulf of Mexico. It would allow very large crude carriers (VLCCs) to connect to its pipeline system in Cameron, Louisiana and its Nederland terminal

The Blue Marlin Deepwater Port, which is named after the holding company registered in Corpus Christi, would be located about 99 miles offshore of southwest Louisiana and would include pipeline projects connecting the company’s stations to the Nederland terminal.

If approved, construction on the offshore port would begin near the end of 2021 and be completed by autumn 2023.

The project would convert an existing platform and pipeline system from natural gas to crude oil and add new infrastructure to support very large crude carriers (VLCCs) coming to collect oil for international export. Two buoy structures called catenary anchor leg moorings, or CALMs, would have to be created to connect the vessels to the facility.

It would create a 42-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline stretching an estimated 37 miles from the existing Stingray Pipeline at Station 501 in Cameron, Louisiana, through Orange and Jefferson counties on the Texas side, to connect with the Nederland terminal.

The US Maritime Administration received the application in October of this year – the process is still in the scoping phase.

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