Gulf of Mexico
Courtney Sacco / Corpus Christi Caller-Times

TX - Port of Corpus Christi cuts ties with Lone Star LLC on Harbor Island project

The company that planned to construct a crude oil export terminal on Harbor Island has lost its lease.

Port of Corpus Christi commissioners on Tuesday voted to end the lease with Lone Star Ports LLC, directing CEO Sean Strawbridge “to deliver the notice of termination to Lone Star Ports immediately.”

Lease plans had involved development of a $1 billion loading facility, capable of accommodating very large crude carriers on Port Aransas’ Harbor Island.

“The port thanks Lone Star Ports for the investments they bring to our community and remains dedicated to the development of a VLCC loading facility on Harbor Island,” wrote a port authority spokeswoman in an email to the Caller-Times. “The port is committed to its pursuit of infrastructure projects as we continue to serve the needs of all port customers and stakeholders, all of whom have made the Port of Corpus Christi the leading energy export gateway in the nation.”

A section of the lease agreement was cited as reason for the termination, but no further discussion followed the commission’s decision.

The item had been included among several others slated for what became an hourslong executive session preceding the vote.

Representatives of Lone Star Ports LLC could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

In 2019, the port had authorized a 50-year lease with joint venture Lone Star Ports LLC and The Carlyle Group for a marine storage terminal. At the time, it had been planned that the port would handle the design and construction of two docks, with the joint venture managing the build of storage infrastructure and pipelines.

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