TX - Crude Oil Shipments Boost Port of Corpus Christi to 2020 Tonnage Record
The Port of Corpus Christi ended 2020 with record tonnage, mainly due to a 65% increase in crude oil shipments from the previous year.
The port set a new annual tonnage record of 159.7m tonnes, a 31% increase over 2019, as well as a new monthly record of 15.9m tonnes for December, 15% higher than December 2019. This performance helped push fourth quarter results to a new quarterly record of 42.2m tonnes, surpassing the prior record from Q1-2020.
Several new marine terminals were brought online in 2020, including EPIC Midstream, Buckeye’s South Texas Gateway, Plains All-American and Enterprise Products’ Eagle Ford Terminal joint venture, Pin Oak Corpus Christi, and South Texas Cement.
In addition to increased crude oil shipments totalling 96.4m tonnes, the Port saw a 26% increase in LNG shipments at 8.7m tonnes, and agricultural exports increasing 70% in 2020 at nearly 4.3m tonnes. Corpus Christi consolidated its position as the Nation’s leading energy export gateway with a record 1.9m barrels per day of crude oil exports in December 2020.
“Despite the extraordinary challenges we navigated in 2020, the Port of Corpus Christi and its customers have yet again demonstrated the resiliency of this strategic gateway for American goods to reach the global demand centres. This record performance is a clear indication of the importance of our critical infrastructure for Texas and the Nation,” said Sean Strawbridge, ceo for the Port of Corpus Christi.
“American energy exports remain strong, and our ESG programs continue to lead the sector as we enter an era of economic recovery.”