Legislators and Congressmen planning to visit Golden Triangle in April

Published 5:56 pm Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Southeast Texas will soon be having its own version of Golden Triangle Days in Austin without having to travel to Austin.

Texas Legislators and Congressmen will visit the Golden Triangle as part of the 2018 Legislative Tour on April 18-20. The announcement was made at the Contractor Business Group meeting on Wednesday morning at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Building at Lamar State College Port Arthur.

“There will be 200 Legislators and Congressmen here,” said Travis Woods, general manager of T&L Solutions, LLC. “They’re spending $100,000 to bring these guys out here.”

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He added that on Wednesday night there will be a party at the Port of Beaumont. The next day they will navigate the Neches River from the Exxon Mobil Refinery in Beaumont to Golden Pass LNG in Sabine Pass. Some will ride in a boat while the remainder will travel in a bus. Their final destination will be McFaddin Beach where a meal will be served under a tent.

The regular Golden Triangle Days in Austin is still scheduled for spring 2019.

In other information at the contractor meeting, Woods gave a summary of regional projects that are either ongoing and will start at a future date:

  • Labor force numbers are down. Woods said Associated Builders and Contractors in Nederland and the Cameron ISD has been training welders and other trades as quickly as they can.
  • The Golden Pass Products LLC $10 billion liquefied natural gas export project is on track to be completed in 2018.
  • Venture Global LNG is building a liquefied natural gas export facility and natural gas pipeline in Cameron. The Calcasieu Pass Project informational meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Cameron Parish School Board Conference Center, 512 Marshall St. in Cameron.
  • Driftwood LNG LLC, is developing a liquefied natural gas production and export terminal on the west bank of the Calcasieu River, south of Lake Charles. Once complete, the terminal will be able to export up to 27,600,000 tons of LNG per year.

They’re estimated to complete by early 2019.

  • The Port of Houston will sponsor the 2018 Construction and Design Capital Improvement Projects and Subcontracting Opportunities Workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at 111 East Loop North Houston 77029, in the executive office building training room (Exit 29 from Loop 610 East).

Woods said the port will spend billions of dollars to expand the terminal and a tank farm will be built.

  • Sempra in Cameron, Louisiana, is a $10 billion project that will be known as Port Arthur LNG. It has a start date for the fall and they have applied for their permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build.
  • Woods said Jefferson Refining at the Port of Beaumont changed operational companies in which he called a “huge deal.”
  • Fluor Corp./Stork took over the Huntsman plants, such as the one in Port Neches, last fall. They also have an office in Lake Charles. Stork is the maintenance division for Fluor. While Fluor is in Sugarland, Fluor Federal is headquartered in Metarie, Louisiana.

Fluor also is handling the Marathon Oil project in Texas City.

  • Lake Charles Methanol will give the area “a good shot in the arm,” Woods said.
  • Southampton Refinery in Silsbee is expanding and spending hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Ineos Corp. at Chocolate Bayou in Brazoria County has several billions of dollars to spend on expansions. The company’s main office is in League City. The contact for contractors is Tanya Kennermer at 281-581-7791.