Plaquemines Oil Terminal

From Global Energy Monitor
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Plaquemines Oil Terminal is a proposed oil export terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States.


The terminal will be located on the Mississippi River near Phoenix, Plaquemines Parrish, Louisiana.

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Project Details

  • Owner: Tallgrass
  • Location: Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, United States
  • Coordinates: 29.668286,-89.967324 (exact)
  • Capacity: 800,000 million barrels per day
  • Status: Proposed
  • Type: Export
  • Start Year: 2020

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day


The $2.5 billion project was approved by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in April 2019. The terminal would be located next to the planned $1.4 billion Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion and “is not inconsistent” with the coastal Master Plan, according to DNR.[1]


The April 2019 ruling that the project was "not inconsistent" with the coastal Master Plan was contingent on a memorandum of understanding between Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Plaquemines Port and Plaquemines Liquids Terminal that called for a navigation study and a sediment transport modeling study assessing any impacts of the project on the diversion. As of January 2020 these studies had not been made public.[2]

Opponents of the project also object to the state's decision to hold a single public hearing to discuss two different kinds of permits for the project: the coastal permit required from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the air permit required from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).[2]

The environmental group Earthjustice has raised concerns about the impact of the project on nearby communities. "The Tallgrass Oil Terminal would be built on a greenfield site adjacent to the Plaquemines Parish community of Ironton, also within approximately two miles of the communities of Myrtle Grove and Phoenix," said Earthjustice attorney Michael Brown in a Jan. 9 letter to DEQ.[2]


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