How the Port of Brownsville is positioned for LNG terminals

PORT OF BROWNSVILLE — Eduardo Campirano has been studying and gathering information about all aspects of liquefied natural gas for about five years.

That’s when the Port of Brownsville received its first “knock on the door” regarding the possibility of an LNG plant being located in the deep-water seaport.

Since that time, the port’s President and CEO has toured the Quintana Island terminal of Freeport LNG and also visited a small, but working liquefaction plant just outside of George West.

What struck him at both locations was not necessarily the LNG facilities, but the petroleum, chemical companies and refineries all around them.

“What I came away with was all across the harbor is what we don’t want,” he said referring to facilities such as Dow Chemicals and Phillips 66 across the way from Freeport LNG.

“The first thing I noticed was the smell. Wow. The more we learned, when we look at fossil fuels, it (LNG) is the most benign.”

But, he also is quick to point out he is not an industry expert.

“I am not here to defend them or promote them,” Campirano said during a recent interview sitting in a conference room at the port. “This is just what we have learned and what the port’s position is on these facilities.”

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