Energy Transfer LP was in discussions with potential shippers to build an offshore crude oil export facility in Texas capable of handling Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), which can transport about 2 million barrels of crude in a single shipment, the company said on Thursday.
Chief Financial Officer Thomas Long said during a quarterly earnings call for the company that the future export facility would be connected to its Nederland, Texas, crude terminal and a final investment decision has not yet been made. The company said it expects to take at least two or three years to begin construction on the VLCC project.
"We're very excited about this," Energy Transfer President Mackie McCrea said. "It's going to be a great market opportunity for our Nederland and Permian Express systems but also more importantly, for our customers bringing volume into Nederland." The company's next step is expected to be filing for a permit with the U.S. Maritime Administration.
Data from last week showed that U.S. crude exports jumped to a monthly record of 3.16 million barrels per day in June as South Korea bought record volumes and China ramped up purchases.