Enbridge Ingleside Energy Center (EIEC)
EIEC is the largest crude oil storage and export terminal by volume in the United States. The terminal is strategically located in Ingleside, Texas with access to marine waterfront, a gateway to international shipping lanes, and pipeline connectivity, making it a cost-advantaged location for storing and exporting crude oil and other products.
EIEC is a critical link connecting growing Permian and Eagle Ford production to international markets. The terminal has direct connectivity to “next-generation,” long-haul crude pipelines such as Cactus I, Cactus II, Gray Oak, EPIC, and Harvest.
Layout of the Enbridge Ingleside Energy Center (EIEC). Click on the image to see a larger version.
EIEC crude storage infrastructure
- Current storage capacity totals ~15.3 MMBbls
- Major storage capacity includes 6 x 350,000 and 26 x 495,000-barrel tanks
- Drain-dry tanks with internal floating roofs minimize inventory heels
- State-of-the-art manifold capable of receiving multiple pipelines at mainline rates into all tanks
- Segregated capacity to control quality of various crude grades
- Blending and tank-to-tank transfers
EIEC marine infrastructure
- 3 deep-water vessel berths with current operations capable of loading 2 VLCC and 1 Suezmax with dual VLCC loading capabilities expected in 2H 2021
- Fastest loading rates in the US Gulf Coast (combined 160,000 bph)
- Vessel turnaround ~24 hours
- Proximity to open water enhances shipping efficiencies and reduces emissions
- Minimal port congestion
- Advantaged draft (45’ going to 52’ by 2H 2022)
EIEC additional infrastructure
- 3 x 80,000 marine fuels storage
- 2 x 40,000 LPG spheres with refrigeration equipment
- 925 acres of land with significant footprint available for future growth
Enbridge’s Taft Terminal is located at the Taft Pipeline Hub, a key pipeline distribution network in close proximity to EIEC. The area is home to numerous pipeline and terminal operators with acreage, tanks, and connectivity. Taft Terminal’s location provides optionality to customers and makes it a natural pricing point for the Corpus Christi market.
Taft facility infrastructure
- 50-acre footprint
- Existing 1 x 350,000-barrel tank
- Permitted for an additional 7 x 350,000 barrel tanks
- Existing pumps and meters
- Connected to EPIC, Viola and Harvest pipelines
- New manifold header to support future interconnection to all pipelines
Pipelines serving the Corpus Christi area. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Corpus Christi connectivity
Corpus Christi’s proximity to the Permian makes it the preferred destination for export barrels, and has spurred major investment in building out pipeline infrastructure to the area.
Three new pipelines came online between 2019 and 2020, all equipped with state-of-the-art batching capabilities. Additionally, these pipelines offer some of the lowest pipeline rates among Permian to Gulf Coast pipelines. EIEC has direct connectivity to these next gen long-haul Permian pipelines at full mainline rates. EIEC’s geographical location and facility capabilities makes it the preferred destination for export barrels out of Corpus Christi.
Area pipeline connectivity
- Cactus I (via Viola*)
- Capacity: 300,000 bpd
- Diameter: 20”
- Cactus II*
- Capacity: 670,000 bpd
- Diameter: 26”
- Capacity: 400,000 bpd
- Diameter: 20”
- Gray Oak*
- Capacity: 1,000,000 bpd
- Diameter: 30”
- Harvest Arrowhead Ingleside
- Capacity: 600,000 bpd
- Diameter: 24”
*—Pipelines with Enbridge ownership (Enbridge owns 100% of Viola, 20% of Cactus II and 22.75% of Gray Oak)