Eagle Ford Shale Rail Expansion at Port of Corpus Christi

The Port of Corpus Christi is expanding to handle up to 100,000 rail cars per year.  This will help the import of raw materials into the booming region that is stressed by the call on businesses from drilling and production in the Eagle Ford Shale.  

“Rail has always been part of the Port of Corpus Christi — a great asset, but not a central focus.Today, engines pull an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 rail cars through the port each year. Facilities are designed to handle only 12,000 to 13,000 cars.

Delays haven’t been a problem, Brogan said. However, if a port gets a reputation for rail traffic jams, business goes elsewhere.

Atop a sliver of land tucked between the Joe Fulton International Trade Corridor and the industrial canal’s turning basin, the port’s planned Viola rail yard will ensure things keep moving.

The $15 million expansion will give the port more rail storage capacity. The project also is a major step toward the port’s goal of handling 100,000 rail cars a year, Brogan said.

Brogan said the project should be through the design and permitting stages by the end of summer, clearing the way for two-phased construction. The first phase will take 18 months.”

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Kenneth E. DuBose

Kenneth E. DuBose

Kenneth DuBose is the past President of Cheyenne Minerals Inc., an independent oil and gas operator. He began his energy industry career with ARCO Oil & Gas. Mr. DuBose then directed development of natural gas storage projects with Tejas Power Corp. He was a founding member of U.S. Minerals, (acquired by Torch Energy in 1999) a provider of internet based education for America’s mineral owners. Mr. DuBose holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University. He has served on various industry steering committees, non-profit boards, and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the National Association of Royalty Owners, the American Association of Professional Landmen, as well as being a Registered Investment Advisor. He writes on topics of oil and gas investing, wealth management and personal finance, having appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Houston Business Journal, Financial Advisor and various radio and TV outlets.