News Release

Port of Corpus Christi and The Carlyle Group Agree to Develop Major Crude Oil Export Terminal on Harbor Island

  • Project would create first onshore location in the U.S. Gulf capable of servicing fully-laden Very Large Crude Carriers
  • Contemplated venture creates a new Partnership where both the Port of Corpus Christi and Carlyle would jointly fund the development of the safest, most environmentally friendly marine terminal capable of handling the largest crude vessels 
  • Thousands of direct and indirect jobs and billions in incremental economic activity would be generated for the state of Texas and the United States
  • Incremental exports through the facility could reduce national trade deficit by up to $50 billion annually

Corpus Christi, TX – Today the Port of Corpus Christi Authority (the “Port”) announced it has entered into an agreement (the “Agreement”) with The Carlyle Group (“Carlyle”) to work exclusively to develop a world-class crude oil export terminal on Harbor Island (the “Terminal”), connecting growing crude oil production in the United States with global markets. The Terminal would be the first onshore location in the U.S. capable of providing export service to fully-laden Very Large Crude Carriers (“VLCCs”) and would further the Port’s position as the preeminent global crude oil export hub.

VLCC access at the Port of Corpus Christi will open the global markets for U.S. oil producers, pipelines, their supply chains and customers. The result could produce up to a $50 billion annual reduction to the national trade deficit. Importantly, the City of Corpus Christi would benefit from the thousands of direct and indirect jobs as well as billions in incremental economic activity. 

Under the terms of the Agreement, the Port will work exclusively with Carlyle to bring together world-class oil producers, marketers, pipeline operators and marine terminal operators to ensure a significant portion of the new oil production in Texas will have a reliable gateway to international markets. As part of the Agreement, Carlyle agreed to lead the construction and ongoing operations of the Terminal on an exclusive basis. Carlyle also agreed that it would arrange for a private funding solution for a dredging project to bring fully-laden VLCCs to Harbor Island (at least a 75-foot main channel depth).

Construction of the Terminal would require no capital outlay from local taxpayers. Under the terms of the Agreement, the Port will realize significant regular rental payments, volume-based tariff income, land grants and other proceeds that will help the Port fund other aspects of its operations. The Terminal is expected to be operational in late 2020. Carlyle’s equity for this investment will come from its Global Infrastructure Fund.

The Terminal would include the development of at least two loading docks on Harbor Island as well as crude oil tank storage inland across Redfish Bay on land secured by Carlyle, enhancing operational flexibility while reducing the facility’s footprint on Harbor Island itself.

The Project is subject to agreement on definitive documentation between the parties, satisfactory completion of due diligence and final approval from Carlyle’s investment committee.

“A project of this magnitude further underscores the vital role the Port of Corpus Christi plays in the global energy markets and as an important economic generator for the great state of Texas,” said Sean Strawbridge, the Chief Executive Officer of Port of Corpus Christi. “In partnering with such an experienced and well-capitalized firm as The Carlyle Group, the market should take notice and have a high degree of confidence of this project’s success.”

“Corpus Christi is certainly where the incremental barrels want to go as we have deep water, availability of land for development and plenty of capacity to absorb the forecasted U.S. energy production growth in oil and gas. Corpus Christi is open for business,” said Charlie Zahn, the Chairman of the Port of Corpus Christi Commission.

Ferris Hussein, Managing Director on Carlyle’s Global Infrastructure team, said: “Carlyle appreciates the steadfast, prescient leadership provided by the Port of Corpus Christi Authority in advancing this project. Providing VLCC access at the Port is of critical importance to the United States, and we will collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure such service is provided.”

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About Port Corpus Christi
As the leading U.S. crude oil export port and a major economic engine of Texas and the nation, Port Corpus Christi is the 4th largest port in the United States in total tonnage.  Strategically located on the western Gulf of Mexico with a 36-mile, 47-foot (MLLW) deep channel, Port Corpus Christi is a major gateway to international and domestic maritime commerce.  The Port has excellent railroad and highway network connectivity via three North American Class-1 railroads and two major interstate highways. With an outstanding staff overseen by its seven member commission, Port Corpus Christi is “Moving America’s Energy.”

About The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $210 billion of assets under management across 335 investment vehicles as of June 30, 2018. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,625 people in 31 offices across six continents.

Media Contacts:

Port of Corpus Christi

Omar Garcia

The Carlyle Group

Christa Zipf

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