The LOOP Project: Taking the Ship to the Port

by James C. Webb, (M.ASCE), Asst. Exec. Dir.; Offshore Terminal Authority, Louisiana Dept. of Trans. and Dev., Baton Rouge, LA,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 6, Pg. 43-46


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: (1981 OCEA Award Winner.) LOOP—the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port—is a $700 million, multi-faceted project for the unloading of oil directly from supertankers 19 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico to a national distribution system. The problem leading to the project's inception was the lack of a natural deepwater harbor capable of accommodating the deep drafts of crude-carrying supertankers. The article describes the project's major features: a marine terminal with two platforms, one for operations control and one for pumping; mooring buoys that can handle three supertankers simultaneously; pipelines and pumps for unloading oil; huge underground salt dome storage caverns; and a 25-million bbl brine storage reservoir, used in moving crude oil into and out of the storage caverns.

Subject Headings: Offshore structures | Marine terminals | Oil storage | Petroleum | Pumping stations | ASCE outstanding civil engineering

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