Blue Marlin Offshore Port

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Blue Marlin Offshore Port, also known as BMOP, is a proposed deepwater crude oil export terminal off the coast of Texas, United States.[1]


The proposed port would be located off the coast of Brazoria County, Texas, United States.[1][2]

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Project details

  • Operator: Blue Marlin Offshore Port LLC[1]
  • Owner: Blue Marlin Offshore Port LLC[3]
  • Parent company: Energy Transfer Partners[4]
  • Location: Offshore from Brazoria County, Texas[4]
  • Coordinates: 28.425, -93.010 (exact)[5]
  • Capacity: 1.9 million bpd[3]
  • Status: Proposed[3]
  • Type: Export[3]
  • Start year: 2027[6]
    • Originally 2023[7]
  • Cost:
  • Financing:
  • Associated infrastructure:


In August 2019 Energy Transfer announced plans to build a offshore oil export terminal that would connect to its existing oil terminal in Nederland, Texas.[8] In September 2019 Energy Transfer said it would buy smaller rival SemGroup Corp for $1.35 billion and build the new Ted Collins Oil Pipeline between the Houston Ship Channel and Nederland.[9]

On 1 October 2020, Blue Marlin Offshore Port LLC submitted an application to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for the deepwater port.[1]

The port was scheduled to begin construction near the end of 2021 and become operational by fall 2023.[7]

As of May 2022, there was no evidence that construction had begun, and the application to MARAD was still pending approval.[10]

As of April 2024, no construction had begun, but the EIA noted a start year of 2027 for the associated oil pipelines.[6]

According to RBN Energy, the key elements of the project are:[11]

  • The construction of a new, 37-mile, 42-inch-diameter pipeline (dashed purple line) from their Nederland Terminal to the northern terminus of the existing Stingray Pipeline (yellow line) in Cameron Parish, LA.
  • The conversion of Stingray — a 36-inch-diameter undersea pipeline used to transport offshore gas north to the mainland — to a southbound crude oil pipeline.
  • The repurposing of parts of existing offshore production platforms located about 100 miles off the southwestern Louisiana coast into a facility to support crude oil loading.
  • The installation of two catenary anchor leg moorings (CALMs) to connect the facility to the VLCCs (see Figure 2 below).

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Pending Applications | MARAD". Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  2. "BMOP port license application" (PDF). bluemarlinnepaprocess. Retrieved 2022-05-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Energy Transfer applies for Blue Marlin Offshore Port for Gulf crude exports". Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  4. 4.0 4.1 writer, KRISTEN MOSBRUCKER | Staff. "Deepwater crude oil export project looks to build offshore Louisiana; feds seek public input". The Advocate. Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  5. "Blue Marlin project overview". US DOT Maritime Administration. Retrieved 2022-05-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Petroleum & Other Liquids Data - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)". Retrieved 2024-04-11.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dick, Jacob (2020-12-03). "Offshore deepwater port proposed for Gulf". Beaumont Enterprise. Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  8. Energy Transfer plans VLCC-capable crude export terminal near Nederland, Texas, S&P Global Platts, Sep. 8, 2019
  9. Energy Transfer expects supertanker facility to be in service by early 2023, Reuters, Nov. 7, 2020
  10. "BMOP". Oil and Gas Watch. Retrieved 2022-05-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Deep Water - Blue Marlin Offshore Port Stays in the Export Race with a Little Help from TotalEnergies | RBN Energy". 2024-01-25. Retrieved 2024-04-16.

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