A proposed pipeline project to supply Mexico with natural gas from Texas would pass through Brownsville, though the exact route appears yet to be determined.
The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), Mexico’s state-owned electric utility, recently issued a request for proposals for construction of a $1.5 billion, 155-mile pipeline from NuecesCounty to Brownsville, where it would connect with a $3.1 billion, 500-mile underwater pipeline to the Port of Tuxpan in the state of Veracruz, Mexico.
The South Texas-Tuxpan pipeline would cross the border into Matamoros before turning toward the Gulf of Mexico.
The pipelines are among $9.8 billion in gas transport and power plant projects that are part of sweeping energy reform in Mexico that has opened Mexico’s oil, gas and utility sectors to foreign investment for the first time in decades.
The 42-inch Nueces-Brownsville and South Texas-Tuxpan gas pipelines would have the capacity to feed 2.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily to CFE power plants in the eastern, central and western regions of Mexico, including the states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz.
CFE plans to build new gas-fired power plants as well as convert existing fuel-oil-fired plants to gas. The gas transportation and power plant projects, two dozen in all, will add 1,442 megawatts to Mexico’s generating capacity. The gas would come from the Eagle Ford Shale.
Pending approval from regulatory and governmental authorities, CFE expects the construction contracts…
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