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Sentinel Midstream proposes deepwater crude oil export facility

Sentinel Midstream has outlined its planned development of Texas GulfLink, a deepwater crude oil export terminal near Freeport, Texas.

The completed facility will be capable of fully loading very large crude carriers, the company said.

Texas GulfLink will include an onshore terminal with up to 18 MMbbl of storage, a 42-in. offshore pipeline, and a manned offshore platform to facilitate port operations with two catenary anchor leg mooring single point mooring buoys. The company said projected export loading rates will be up to 85,000 b/hr, with a nominal capacity of 1.2 MMb/d over the course of a calendar year.

Sentinel Midstream President and CEO Jeff Ballard said: “Texas GulfLink will provide the United States with an economical solution to clear the over-supply barrels destined for the Gulf Coast. We have compiled a team of industry leading professionals who possess unique experience in construction and operations of deepwater ports and are well positioned to leverage that experience as prudent operators.

“Our team of seasoned professionals is committed to developing Texas GulfLink with a specific focus on exceeding industry standards for safety and environmental protection.”

Over the past year, the company developed Texas GulfLink in conjunction with multiple stakeholders, including federal, state, and local agencies. The project has secured necessary commercial support to justify the capital investment and is preparing its submission of a formal permit with the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD).

Project financing is being provided by Cresta Fund Management.

Cresta Managing Partner Chris Rozzell said: “We view the company’s value proposition, which provides a neutral infrastructure solution without the inherent conflicts of affiliated marketing, as the best approach to support the interests of US producers and lead to the greatest outcome for all stakeholders.”

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