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Main Pipelines & LNG Terminals

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:50



Proyecto Integral Morelos (PIM) consists of a 160km pipeline that goes through the states of Tlaxcala, Puebla and Morelos and two combined cycle power plants of 620MW each. The construction of the pipeline was appointed to Elecnor and Enegás while the power plants were entrusted to Abengoa. The project was intended to be completed in October 2012, but negotiations with the communities lasted until the final months of 2013. The estimated total investment in PIM stands at US$1.6 billion.


 The 235km Tamazunchale-El Sauz pipeline will connect the Palmillas-Queretaro pipeline with the private NaranjosTamazunchale pipeline. A combination of 76cm and 91cm diameter pipes will be able to transport up to 630MMcf of natural gas. Awarded in February 2012, the project is expected to come online in the first quarter of 2014. The contract will be operated by TransCanada under a 25-year term with investment reaching US$500 million.


The Los Ramones natural gas pipeline will run for approximately 1,000km through the states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Guanajuato, Queretaro and Zacatecas, and could be extended into the states of Jalisco and Aguascalientes. It is expected to require an investment of approximately US$3 billion, and will carry 2.1Bcf/d. PEMEX announced in January 2013 that the project would be split into two parts, with the northern part being constructed by TAG Pipelines and Gasoductos de Chihuahua while the southern section will be built by TAG Pipelines and GDF Suez.


The Zacatecas pipeline was the first new pipeline in Former President Felipe Calderón’s natural gas development plan, and will be integrated into the Los Ramones pipeline system. This 173km pipeline involved a total investment of approximately US$60 million. It will supply 20Mcf/d of natural gas in its first phase, with a maximum limit of 40Mcf/d, to Grupo Modelo and Jugos del Valle while seeking to attract other industries. The pipeline will start operations in June 2014 as more than 60% of the project has already been completed.


At the end of 2011, CFE awarded the contract for the 385km Chihuahua Corridor to Tarahumara pipeline to Fermaca. With an investment of US$450 million, the pipeline has the capability of transporting up to 850Mcf/d from Ciudad Juarez to El Encino, where it will connect with the Chihuahua-Torreon pipeline, to deliver gas from the US for power generation in the states of Chihuahua, Durango and Coahuila. The pipeline will provide transport services over a 25-year period and began operations in July 2013.


The Northwest Gas pipeline is the flagship project of the previous administration’s US$10.5 billion natural gas strategy. CFE has awarded 25 year contracts to Sempra to build, own, and operate the two sections of the pipeline from Sasabe to Guaymas and Guaymas to El Oro, at an expected investment of US$1 billion. TransCanada was awarded the contract to build the final section of the pipeline from Topolobampo to Mazatlan and its construction started in the last quarter of 2013.