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Port of Corpus Christi selects Lone Star Ports to lead crude oil export terminal development

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The Port of Corpus Christi Authority (Port) has announced several milestones in the development of the crude oil export terminal on Harbor Island, Texas, US.

Corpus Christi, Texas-based Lone Star Ports LLC will lead the development of the terminal, the first US onshore export terminal servicing fully-laden very large crude carriers (VLCCs).

Lone Star Ports is a joint venture between The Carlyle Group and The Berry Group. Berry is the largest private employer in the Corpus Christi area through its numerous investments and operations in the oil and gas industry and its subsidiary Bay Ltd, a Corpus Christi-headquartered infrastructure, construction, and fabrication contractor for the oil and gas sector.

Lone Star Ports is led by CEO Jeremiah Ashcroft III. Ashcroft has led the development of several large marine terminals, including the development and operations of BORCO and Hovensa/Limetree Bay. Most recently, Ashcroft served as President and CEO of EQT Midstream, which included three separate publicly-traded midstream platforms with a combined market capitalisation of US$11 billion. Ashcroft also served as CEO of Gulf Oil L.P. and President of three business units for Buckeye Partners L.P. He began his energy career with Colonial Pipeline Co.

Lone Star Ports has signed indicative agreements with Harvest Midstream and EPIC Crude Pipeline, which is backed by funds affiliated with Ares Management. These two pipelines will provide connectivity to more than 1 million bpd of crude oil from the Permian and Eagle Ford basins in Texas. Lone Star Ports also entered into an indicative agreement with Martin Midstream Partners L.P. (Martin) for Martin to work with Lone Star Ports to provide a single, integrated VLCC solution on Harbor Island.

These agreements and arrangements remain subject to definitive documentation among the relevant parties, coordination with the Port, satisfactory completion of due diligence and final approval by each relevant party.

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