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A total of 13 firms are expected to bid for the contract to build the Empalme natural gas pipeline, a project put out to tender by Mexico's state utility CFE.
The firms attended a site visit to inspect the terrain in northwestern Sonora state in late October. The pipeline will run 20km, connecting the Sásabe-Guaymas pipeline that runs from the US border to Mexico's Pacific coast, and from the Guaymas-El Oro pipeline to the Empalme I and II combined cycle power stations.
The pipeline will have a transportation capacity of 226Mf3/d (6.39Mm3/d).
The firms that took part in the site visit are AB Proyectos, DICA, Grupo Construcciones Planificadas, Carso Electric, Carso Infraestructura y Construcción, Arendal, GPA Energy, Ecogas México, GDI, Coconal, RZ, Edemtec and Gas Natural de Noroeste.
In October the CFE awarded the contract to build the 717MW Empalme II to the consortium Duro Felguera-Elecnor, which won the bidding with a US$397mn budget proposal, while the contract to build the 770MW Empalme I was awarded in March to a consortium comprising Senermex, Sener, IEPI México and OHL Industrial at a cost of US$476mn, while the plant's turbines will be built by Siemens.
Both power plants are slated to enter operations in 4Q17.