Second vessel to visit Corpus could be the first to load an LNG cargo there.
Several companies in the sector play crucial roles as the midstream grows to handle greater sales abroad.
Getting oil from shale to shore means multiple new terminals and loading facilities will be needed.
Important trends could buffet the growing U.S. export market.
China imported its first U.S. crude oil cargo in around two months last week, according to industry sources and Refinitiv Eikon data - a deal made by an independent "teapot" refiner as larger players held off amid trade tensions.
Taiwan imported its first Ichthys LNG cargo from Australia, the country's state-owned CPC Corp said on Nov. 26.
Company mum on when the first cargo will leave the facility.
Warmer weather has halted demand growth and forced prices to drop.
A LNG cargo from the U.S. has arrived in China, the first such cargo since Beijing imposed a tariff on U.S. imports, shipping data from Refinitiv Eikon showed on Nov. 12.
A Stratas Advisors director told Midstream Finance conference attendees that the latest look into the crystal ball of five-year outlook has U.S. supply growth positioning the country to become a net crude exporter.