Attending the Port Project Partnership Agreement Signing
In the last few years, the Port of Corpus Christi has become a leading export port, especially since December 2015, when Congress lifted the 40-year crude oil export ban. Oil and other energy related products shipping from the port will bring hundreds of new jobs to the Coastal Bend community and require infrastructure improvements.
Last week, I attended the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project signing between the Port of Corpus Christi and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This agreement allows the Port of Corpus Christi to begin the Ship Channel Improvement Project, which will widen the port to 530 feet and allow for two-way barge traffic in tandem. It will also deepen the port to 54 feet.
I have been working with port officials, the Army Corps, House leadership, both U.S. Senators from Texas, and the Trump Administration, even before the president assumed office, to get all the details worked out so that this essential first step in widening and deepening the port is completed. The signing of the Project Partnership Agreement is crucial to completing the widening and deepening of the port. This has been a long time coming.