Strengthening Port Developments - South Texas Alliance for Regional Trade

Jul 23, 2014

voestalpine Texas Earns Greenhouse Gas Permit


One of Port Corpus Christi’s newest customers, voestalpine Texas LLC, broke ground in April this year, and just recently received permitting from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their project on the Port’s La Quinta Trade Gateway. The relatively quick approval of the greenhouse gas permit is a testament to voestalpine’s commitment to sustainable energy and safeguarding the environment.

EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry said, “voestalpine shows energy efficiency is a common-sense strategy 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.

Strengthening World Trade Opportunity


Port Corpus Christi and The Palermo Port signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) early in 2014 in Corpus Christi to affirm a commitment to boost world trade in Barranquilla, Colombia. The Palermo Port is part of one of Latin America’s strongest maritime groups, Colombia’s Palermo Port Society. To reaffirm this commitment, and continue to strengthen international trade opportunities in South Texas, Port Corpus Christi delegates traveled to the City of Barranquilla, Colombia to sign the MOU among Colombian delegates.

“Port Corpus Christi has long realized the importance of serving a global market. Port Corpus Christi’s investment in ship channel infrastructure and multi-modal connectivity serves existing customers and attracts new and diversified cargo as well. We have been establishing strategic partnerships with maritime entities around the world and are honored to enter into an MOU with Colombia’s Palermo Port Society. The agreement allows for the exchange of experience based knowledge and facilitates the transit of commodities through both ports,” said Port Corpus Christi Commission Chair, Judy Hawley.

The MOU establishes an alliance that aims to generate new business by promoting efficiency in logistics via land and sea port routes between The Palermo Port and Port Corpus Christi.