voestalpine Texas LLC is looking to set the benchmark for environmental practice for South Texas industry. The voestalpine Group is based out of Linz, Austria. The Group is in the process of building an industrial facility at Port Corpus Christi's La Quinta Trade Gateway. voestalpine Texas LLC will produce high quality Hot Briquetted Iron, using natural gas as a reducing agent.
In keeping with their committment to a healthy environment, voestalpine Texas recently pledged USD 1,500 to the "Skip the Plastic" campaign. The campaign aims to reduce plastic bag litter along the waterways and beaches of the Corpus Christi region, and in the Gulf of Mexico.
voestalpine Texas is looking to be a prime example of an industrial group successfully combining business with environmental stewardship.
Read more on the voestalpine Group's blog here.
|Photo: voestalpine Texas; Neil McQueen (Skip the Plastic) with Matthias Pastl (Communication and Environment, voestalpine Texas LLC).|
|Photo: voestalpine Texas; Beach in Corpus Christi|
|Photo: voestalpine in Linz|
Two of the world's leading port's re-affirmed their commitment to cooperatively boost world trade in Barranquilla, Colombia. Port Corpus Christi and The Palermo Port Society representatives gathered to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Colombia that had been signed in Corpus Christi, Texas earlier in 2014.
The MOU establishes an alliance of cooperation aimed at generating new business by promoting efficient logistical land and sea port routes between Colombia's Palermo Port Society and The Port of the Lone Star State, Port Corpus Christi. The cooperative alliance will support economic growth while increasing job opportunities and revenues at Port Corpus Christi and the Palermo Port Society.
There is a lot of news coming out of Colombia on this occasion. Read the news from Barranquilla (Spanish) in the following links :
BQEconomia - Acuerdo entre puerto de Palermo y el de Texas
News from Corpus Christi, The Caller Times - Port Partners with Colombian group
The press release from Port Corpus Christi is available here.
"Production from the Eagle Ford Shale is changing the economic face of South Texas;" said Port Corpus Christi Executive Director, John LaRue in The Maritime Executive article; "Shale Boom Boosts Key U.S. Ports". LaRue is quoted extensively throuhout the article on the subjects of new regional jobs, infrastructure growth and improvements, international investment, and more. Ports support the supply chain that moves Eagle Ford Shale oil to markets throughout the United States, and Port Corpus Christi has a stronghold as an integral player in the shale game.
Read The Maritime Executive story here; "Shale Boom Boosts Key U.S. Ports"
voestalpine Texas has received permitting from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their project at Port Corpus Christi's La Quinta Trade Gateway. The EPA praised The voestalpine Group's efforts to build a sustainable and energy efficient plant in South Texas.
EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry said, "voestalpine shows energy efficiency is a common-sense stragy for success, not just in business but for the environment as well."
The voestalpine Texas facility at Port Corpus Christi will produce Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI) using locally sourced natural gas from the South Texas Eagle Ford Shale as an alternative to solid fossil fuels. The approximately $740 million project will produce approximately 1,400 jobs in the construction phase, and 150 permanent jobs.
To read more about these recent developments see the following links:
Corpus Christi Caller Times - voestalpine 'relieved' to get EPA permit
Our Port continues to break it's own shipment records as production in the Eagle Ford Shale continues to increase. Outbound shipment numbers continue to rise with April 2014 numbers at 445,615 barrels per day of sweet Eagle Ford crude leaving Port Corpus Christi. This is a 54% increase from one year ago.
Wells in the shale continue to produce as new-well production increases, and shows a gain from the same period in 2014.
Platts analyzes recent data in the article; "Port of Corpus Christi outbound crude shipments rise 54% year on year in April"
If you are interested in tracking Port Corpus Christi data, see Monthly Reports on the Port of Corpus Christi web site.