The Port of Iberia officially kicked off its $34 million Acadiana to Gulf of Mexico Access Channel Project at the site where the first of three large pipelines will be relocated under the main port channel, according to Craig F. Romero, port executive director.
Boardwalk Pipeline Co. will take about three months to lower the first pipeline, with the remaining two by Shell Pipeline and Kinder Morgan taking a combined four to five months.
Bids for the actual dredging will be received in the summer, with dredging expected to begin in early fall. The process will bring the channel to a permitted depth of 16 feet and allow port businesses to fabricate larger projects for their customers and open doors for potential businesses requiring deeper draft waterfront locations. See the project website for more information.