Energy Projects Fueling a Prosperous Texas Coast
New oil & gas pipelines, offshore rigs, port expansions and wind farms bring additional prosperity to the Texas coast beyond the traditional tourism and second home activity of resort areas.
Here are some of the new energy efforts for the Texas coast
Austin-based Baryonyx Corp. submitted applications to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for three wind farm sites in South Texas. The farms will be on 60,000 acres of submerged land leased from the Texas General Land Office.
One proposal would develop more than 26,000 acres off Mustang Island, just north of Padre Island near Corpus Christi. That site is being reviewed by the Pentagon for potential interference with operations at nearby Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
If problems arise with that site, an alternate proposal would develop 45,000 acres in coastal waters off the southern third of Padre Island.
The wind farms will have the capacity to generate up to three gigawatts of electricity, which is enough to power around 1.2 million homes. read more
Lone Star NGL LLC will build a 530-mile, $700 million natural gas liquids pipeline.
The pipeline, which will carry natural gas liquids, will extend from Winkler County in West Texas near the New Mexico border to a NGL processing plant in Jackson County near Victoria on the Gulf Coast.
Lone Star, a joint venture of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Transfer Partners, is building the pipeline because of a boom in natural gas and oil production in the Permian Basin
One of the biggest impacts for the Texas coast [and the entire country] would come from the huge Canada to Gulf Coast "controversial" Keystone XL pipeline project.
The Canadian oil sands have reserves of 171.3 billion barrels, according to estimates by the provincial government of Alberta.
TransCanada is the company behind the multi-billion project.
The U.S. $13 billion Keystone pipeline system will play an important role in linking a secure and growing supply of Canadian crude oil with the largest refining markets in the United States, significantly improving North American security supply.
In June 2010 TransCanada commenced commercial operation of the first phase of the Keystone Pipeline System. Keystone's first phase was highlighted by the conversion of natural gas pipeline to crude oil pipeline and construction of an innovative bullet line that brings the crude oil non-stop from Canada to market hubs in the U.S. Midwest.
The proposed Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Project is an approximate 2,673-kilometre (1,661-mile), 36-inch crude oil pipeline that would begin at Hardisty, Alberta and extend southeast through Saskatchewan, Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. It would incorporate a portion of the Keystone Pipeline (Phase II) through Nebraska and Kansas before continuing through Oklahoma to a delivery point near existing terminals in Nederland, Texas to serve the Port Arthur, Texas marketplace.An independent study finds that construction of the Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Pipeline project should provide significant, positive contributions to U.S. energy security and the U.S. economy valued at over $20 billion.