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Port of Corpus Christi to Begin $93M Dredging Project

Thirty years in the planning, dredging should begin soon in the Corpus Christi Channel Improvement Project. The first construction contract has been awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. LLC of Oak Brook, Illinois.

The first phase of the dredging will cost $93 million and run from the entrance of the ship channel to Harbor Island. Work is expected to begin in the second quarter of this year.

"The award of this first dredging contract is without a doubt the most important development we will see in 2019," said Port of Corpus Christi Commission Chairman Charlie Zahn in a statement. "Building critical infrastructure for the energy sector is our primary mission and will allow larger vessels access to much needed export facilities, safely and responsibly."

Dredging will lower the first portion of the 36-mile-long ship channel to 54 feet from its current 47 feet. A second phase of the project will take the channel down to 56 feet out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Port CEO Sean Strawbridge called the award “an extraordinary step forward in positioning the United States as the largest exporter of energy in the world.” Currently, the Port of Corpus Christi is the leading U.S. crude oil export port in the country in total tonnage.

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