The Port of Corpus Christi is expecting to reach a new wind turbine cargo milestone by year's end.
The port says they will anticipate handling more than 3,000 large wind turbine components, including turbine blades and tower sections, by the end of 2017. The port handled 2,603 components in 2015, and 2,875 in 2016 .
According the port, wind turbine cargo volumes have increased steadily over the past several years and are proof the port is well equipped with all essential maritime and land-side facilities including an uncongested and easy access ship channel, berths, laydown areas, skilled labor, multiple highways and three North American Class-1 railroads.
"Port Corpus Christi is proud to offer customized logistics solutions for the fast growing wind energy industry in North America," said Jarl Pedersen, the port's chief commercial officer. "Port Authorities play an important role within the supply chain to help customers and users successfully execute major wind turbine projects."
The port commission recently approved a contract for construction of an additional 25-acre laydown yard for storage of wind turbine components and other cargo. The first phase of construction, a 10-acre laydown yard, will be complete by the end of the first quarter 2018, with an additional 15-acre laydown yard finishing construction in the following months.
Since August 2017, the port has purchased 100 percent renewable electricity, produced by wind power projects and other renewable energy projects in Texas, and says their vision is to be the Energy Port of the Americas.
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