US firm completes Sierrita Mexico border gas pipeline

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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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