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Volume 15, Issue 3
Published: May 14, 2019
A new deepwater midstream frontier

Sentinel Midstream has announced plans to develop Texas GulfLink, a deepwater crude oil export terminal off the Freeport coast in Texas, which will be capable of fully loading a VLCC

As the US continues to enjoy record crude oil production, the pressure is growing on supply chain infrastructure to distribute crude to global markets.
This flourish of crude oil production coupled with the country’s rapidly growing export market is supporting various pipeline and storage development and expansion projects to help unlock the country’s crude to international markets.
According to recent Energy Information Administration data, US exports of crude oil rose to 2 million barrels per day in 2018, almost double that of 2017 figures. Likewise, US crude oil production increased 17% to 10.9 million barrels per day in 2018, with US Gulf Coast states, which are the departure point for more than 90% of US crude oil exports, producing 7.1 milion barrels per day.
Recognising future demand for efficient export capabilities and to help mitigate bottlenecks at some of the country’s key production basins, Sentinel Midstream has announced plans for a deepwater crude oil export terminal more than 30 miles off the coast of Freeport, Texas.
The company, which is being funded by Cresta Fund Management, will leverage its combined commercial and operational expertise to develop the facility. Between them the team has over 200 years of combined experience in the midstream sector, and more than 115 years of direct related offshore deepwater operations experience.

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A new deepwater midstream frontier
Sentinel Midstream has announced plans to develop Texas GulfLink, a deepwater crude oil export terminal off the Freeport coast in Texas, which will be capable of fully loading a VLCC As the US continues to enjoy record crude oil production, the pressure is growing on supply chain infrastructure to distribute crude to global markets...
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Regulatory update for US tank terminal operators
Jane Besch, principal at Geosyntec Consultants examines the latest regulatory updates and how they could affect tank terminal operators WATER OF THE UNITED STATES DEFINITION – WHAT’S THE LATEST?The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (COE) (the agencies) have recently proposed the second step in the two-part process to revise the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS)...
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Capturing hidden storage opportunities
Executives at Howard Energy Partners are exploring storage opportunities in key US Gulf Coast markets in responseto the growth of hydrocarbon production and exports The shale oil revolution has created a unique opportunity for Howard Energy Partner’s strategic midstream growth strategy...
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Make room for the boom
Amid record production and export levels in the US, crude infrastructure expansions and developments are also expanding at a rapid pace, according to Genscape’s Dylan White In the last ten years, the US vastly expanded its role in the global oil supply chain...
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From short to long - the US oil revolution
As US crude oil production continues to surge, the build out of new pipeline and storage infrastructure in key hubs is growing in momentum...
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Optimising the US Gulf Coast energy potential
Established in 2015 in response to a need for a different midstream approach, Bluewing Midstream seeks to enter emerging markets with its portfolio of liquid bulk storage terminals on the US Gulf Coast The US Gulf Coast represents a unique opportunity in the global midstream market and Bluewing Midstream is looking to capitalise on this potential and to expand into new markets...
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Storage stability amid a mixed production picture in the Americas
Paul Wiseman reports on a mixed oil production picture across the Americas...
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Storage for Europe's energy transition
With directives in place requiring the EU to fulfil at least 20% of its total energy needs with renewables by 2020, the role of biofuels in the supply chain is becoming even more prominent...
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Storage for a growing product market
With plans to invest further in used cooking oils capacity as well as improve infrastructure for bioethanol storage, Tepsa explains why storage for biofuels is increasingly important With EU directives in place to achieve 10% fuel consumption from renewable energies by 2020, the need for biofuels products and associated infrastructure will continue to grow...
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Should the industry rethink storage tank fire protection
Following recent high-profile fires, including the Intercontinental Terminals Company Deer Park fire, there is a renewed need for a new fire protection approach to mitigate the devastating impact these incidents can have...
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Early detection system: the key to preventing fire incidents
In the wake of the recent fires in the Texas Area at the ITC petrochemical facility in Deer Park and the KMCO plant in Crosby (US), there has been a lot of attention cast on preventing such fire incidents from taking place in the future...
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Evolution of cyber security within tank terminals
Ensuring a safe work environment has been at the forefront of tank terminal organisations since the beginning...
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Optimised terminal management at your fingertips
The OpenTAS Navigator streamlines all logistics operations in a tank farm...
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New generation of screw pumps for tank terminals
Logistics for oil products has been a growth business for years...
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How to avoid insurance renewal surprises
Lightning Master’s Bruce Kaiser explains how operators and owners can mitigate significant increases in insurance renewal costs with an interim standard for lightning protection & supplemental insurance As Ben Franklin, ironically of lightning rod fame, once said, ‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes’...
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Evolving US regulations impact chemical storage tanks
The Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics Institute introduces industry’s first comprehensive full fledged fiberglass tank inspector certification practice Storing chemicals is a highly hazardous operation in the oil and gas industry...
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Challenging loading arm convention & safe access with innovation
The integration of modern technology and working practices into mature life-cycle equipment can be difficult to achieve...
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Why use duplex stainless steels for storage tanks
Tank manufacturers can reduce material weight and cut costs by specifying storage tanks madefrom high-strength duplex stainless steel Steel storage tanks are vital for the day-to-day operation of the biofuels and chemical industries...
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