Sentinel Midstream LLC has launched its bid to develop a deepwater crude export facility off the Texas Gulf Coast.

The company said on June 3 it submitted a license application to the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) on May 30 to build and operate the facility through its Texas GulfLink subsidiary.  The facility, which would be located offshore Freeport, would have the capacity to fully load very large crude carriers (VLCCs)—which can accommodate up to 2 million barrels of oil.

The move comes as crude exports from the U.S. Gulf Coast region are booming—spurred by production growth in the prolific Permian Basin—and putting pressure on existing infrastructure. It follows three other applications submitted to MARAD to develop similar projects in recent months.

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