Mexico's energy regulator CRE has issued a permit for Mexican construction company Invex Infraestructura to develop and operate a 16.1bn-peso (US$832mn) fuel pipeline with an operating capacity of 120,000b/d of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
The pipeline is permitted to lead from the port of Tuxpan, Veracruz to the Pemex refinery in Tula, Hidalgo and is expected to take approximately 40 months to build. The Invex duct is the first privately held fuel duct to be given the go-ahead by the CRE, according to the energy ministry, although another five projects are currently in the permitting process.
The pipeline is being built to bring imported fuel from Tuxpan to the distribution network centered on the Tula refinery in Mexico's central region, which also includes Mexico City.
Invex Infraestructura also has been issued two permits for the storage of fuel, granted in September 2017 and May 2018 for 1.4Mb of storage in Tuxpan and 720,000b in Tula.
In June 2018, Mexico's central region (comprising Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo and Querétaro) had a shortfall of 190,600b/d of gasoline, 67,000b/d of diesel and 19,900b/d of jet fuel, according to the energy ministry. The region accounts for 28% of Mexico's gasoline demand.
The pipeline permit comes as Mexico is suffering significant losses due to fuel theft from ducts around the country.