Amid Industrial Boom, Corpus Christi Officials Look To Meet Growing Water Demand

As more oil and gas facilities come online in the Coastal Bend, the city and port of Corpus — and a handful of private companies — are planning to build a bevy of seawater desalination plants.


In 2017, ExxonMobil announced plans to build one of the largest chemical plants in the world just north of Corpus Christi.

Known as the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures project, the ethylene cracker — expected to be operational as soon as 2021 — is one of dozens of chemical manufacturing and other facilities in the works along the Texas Gulf Coast as industry looks to capitalize on a newfound ability to export oil and natural gas.

Local officials rejoice in the growth — Exxon's project is expected to pump $50 billion into the local economy in its first six years of operation but say it poses a challenge they are obligated to address: a growing demand for water.

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