Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced that it has received the deepwater port license for the Sea Port Oil Terminal (?SPOT?) from the United States Maritime Administration (?MARAD?), an agency within the federal Department of Transportation. The license enables Enterprise to move forward to the next step in developing the offshore terminal capable of loading 2 million barrels per day (?BPD?) of crude oil. Since the original application for a deepwater port license was submitted in January of 2019, Enterprise has worked diligently with various federal, state and local authorities, and participated in multiple public meetings that have allowed individuals and stakeholder groups to learn about the project and provide their comments to multiple environmental impact studies, including those translated into Spanish and Vietnamese.

The exhaustive analysis associated with the project and continuous responses to requests for information from the various agencies produced more than 30,000 pages of documentation. As planned, the SPOT offshore platform would be located approximately 30 nautical miles off the Brazoria County, Texas coast in 115 feet of water, and will be manned 24 hours per day. The facility is designed to load VLCCs and other crude oil tankers up to a rate of 85,000 barrels per hour.

In addition, dual 36-inch diameter, bi-directional pipelines would be built that connect to the company?s new Oyster Creek crude oil terminal in Brazoria County that would be constructed approximately 10 miles inland. With a direct connection to Enterprise?s Houston ECHO terminal, as well as the company?s extensive integrated midstream network, SPOT would offer access to more than 40 distinct grades of crude oil, including Midland WTI. SPOT reduces operational risks, including those associated with reverse lightering, an unregulated process in which crude oil is offloaded from multiple smaller ships onto a larger vessel in federal waters off the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Limiting reverse lightering, combined with the SPOT platform?s state-of-the-art vapor combustion capabilities, would significantly reduce emissions. MARAD and U.S. Coast Guard led the comprehensive, four-year environmental review of this project. The reviews by more than a dozen federal governmental agencies, including the Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency, as well as reviews and approvals by the State of Texas.

Highlighted below, are some of the notable findings from the record of decision, which SPOT received in November 2022: ?The construction and operation of the Port is in the national interest because the Project will benefit employment, economic growth, and U.S. energy infrastructure resilience and security. The Port will provide a reliable source of crude oil to U.S. allies in the event of market disruption and have a minimal impact on the availability and cost of crude oil in the U.S. domestic market. Construction and operation of an offshore export terminal and the installation of a vapor combustion system at the DWP [deepwater port] will reduce the number of ship-to-ship transfers of crude oil and lessen emissions from conventional crude oil loading, thus providing a more efficient, less impactful crude oil transport facility within the offshore waters of the United States.?

?The Project will be constructed and operated using the best available technology. Operating safety and control features of the Project will include autonomous shutdown valves, HIPPs, fire and gas detection, emergency shutdown and safety controls, and process control systems.