US firm completes Sierrita Mexico border gas pipeline

Monday, November 3, 2014

Energy company Kinder Morgan has finished building the 98km Sierrita pipeline, which will transport natural gas from the US to Mexico.

The 5.66Mm3/d pipeline, now in service, stretches from the firm's El Paso Natural Gas system mainlines, near Tucson, Arizona, to Sasabe, on the US-Mexico border.

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There, it connects, via an "international border crossing" to a new natural gas pipeline in Mexico, the Houston-based firm said in a release.

The Sierrita pipeline will help Mexico meet its environmental goals of converting oil-fired power stations to natural gas and having the fuel on tap for future thermo facilities.

It was built in partnership with MGI Enterprises US, a wholly owned affiliate of Pemex subsidiary Pemex Gas y Petroquímica Básica (PGPB), and MIT Pipeline Investment Americas, a subsidiary of Mitsui.

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the project in July.

The pipeline will connect to the Sásabe-Guaymas duct in Mexico and future thermo projects Topolobampo II and III as well as to the northwestern city of Mazatlán.

The project provides a means for transporting abundant, cost-efficient US natural gas production to Mexico, and is a highly successful, multi-national cooperative effort, Kinder Morgan's west region president Mark Kissel said.

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