The first shipment of crude oil by Suezmax tanker has taken place at Buckeye’s Texas hub terminal.
The facility along the ship channel in the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas recently underwent modifications to allow the terminal to berth Suezmax class vessels, enabling an incremental one million barrels of crude oil to be exported each month for the terminal.
The Suezmax Mt Astra was chartered by Motiva Enterprises.
Khalid Muslih, executive vice president of Buckeye and president of global marine terminals, says: ‘Buckeye Texas Hub has become a premier location providing marine terminal services, allowing growing US energy exports access to global markets.
‘We are very excited to have reached this milestone and look forward to additional opportunities to partner with Trafigura to further expand the terminal’s capabilities and serve the region’s rapidly growing energy production.’
Corey Prologo, head of oil trading and director for Trafigura, which owns 20% of the facility, adds: ‘North American supplies have launched the US onto the world stage as a new rude provider. Upgrading the terminal’s deep-water docks at Corpus Christi will help us to meet the growing demand for this product from European refineries and Far East refineries and petrochemical plants.’