Port Corpus Christi Celebrates Completion of La Quinta Channel Extension Project - South Texas Alliance for Regional Trade

Feb 12, 2014

LaQuinta Channel

Corpus Christi, TX – Port Corpus Christi celebrated the completion of the La Quinta Channel Extension Project on Friday, February 7, 2014 at the La Quinta Trade Gateway site. The grand occasion was marked by a ribbon cutting event officiated by Port Commissioner, Barbara Canales. Several dignitaries were in attendance along with representatives from key contributors of the La Quinta Channel Extension Project, and members of industry, which will benefit from the extended deepwater shipping channel. Event speakers included: former U.S. Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison; Texas Transportation Commissioner, Jeff Moseley; Mayor of the City of Portland, David Krebs; San Patricio County Judge, Terry Simpson, City of Corpus Christi Councilman, David Loeb; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Division Commander, Col. Richard Muraski; voestalpine Chairman, Dr. Wolfgang Lakata; and Port Corpus Christi Commission Chair, Judy Hawley.

La Quinta Channel Cutting
The extension of the La Quinta Channel is over twenty years in the making and has finally come to fruition. The project consisted of extending the La Quinta Ship Channel approximately 1.4 miles to a depth of -41’ MLT, construction of an ecosystem restoration feature, and creation of a breakwater and shallow water habitat beneficial use site.

Extension of the La Quinta Ship Channel will allow economic benefits to be achieved by providing deepwater channel access to the Port’s La Quinta Gateway project. The Ecosystem Restoration component, constructed near Ingleside-on-the-Bay, Texas, consists of an offshore rock breakwater and shore protection and will protect and enhance approximately 45 acres of seagrass habitat. In addition, the improvements include the construction of approximately 200 acres of shallow water habitat created by the beneficial use of dredged material.

Extending the La Quinta Ship Channel provides support to the development at La Quinta Trade Gateway as well as the voestalpine Texas Holding’s iron production plant; TPCO American Corporation’s steel pipe mill in Gregory, Texas, Cheniere Energy’s proposed natural gas liquefaction, and the Gulf Compress Cotton Storage Facility.

La Quinta Trade Gateway is a major component of the Port of Corpus Christi Authority’s long-term diversification and development plan. Located on a 1,100-acre greenfield site on the north side of Corpus Christi Bay, when completed, this fully permitted project will include deepwater access (-45′), provide a state-of-the-art multi-purpose cargo dock and container facility, multi-slip ship dock with heavy lift capabilities, ship-to-shore cranes, 150 acres adjacent of container/general cargo storage yard and an on-site intermodal rail yard. The facility will have the capacity to handle approximately 1 million TEUs annually. The project sits adjacent to US 181 and IH 37 and is served by on-site rail with the Class 1 main rail line only 1.5 miles away.

“As we continue to develop strategic business partnerships with companies from around the world, the completion of the dredging of the La Quinta Channel extension marks a step forward in providing the infrastructure needed to support the Port’s diversification of cargo efforts.”   Judy Hawley, Port Corpus Christi Commission Chair