The Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) recently announced the construction of five new gas pipelines in Northern Mexico. These pipelines require a total estimataed investment of $2.5 billion dollars. Concessions were announced for private sector participation and investment. CFE’s objective is to be a competitive and integrated energy company.
The first of the five pipelines is expected to run for 158 miles in northern Chihuahua state, with a capacity to transport 350 million cubic feet a day of gas, the CFE said. Investment in the project is a projected $400 million. The five pipelines will have a combined capacity to transport 1.78 billion cubic feet a day of natural gas.
“This will create a true national system of natural gas pipelines to transport gas, with more backup for places where there isn’t enough,” Enrique Ochoa, chief executive officer of the Federal Electricity Commission, or CFE, said.
Three of the pipelines will run from the U.S., two from Waha in West Texas and one from Ehrenberg, in Arizona, according to the CFE.
Pemex, also is overseeing the construction of the $3.2 billion Los Ramones pipeline that runs in three sections from south Texas to an industrial hub in central Mexico. Pemex officials have estimated that with the Los Ramones project, Mexico could triple its imports of natural gas from the U.S. to around 3 billion cubic feet a day in 2015.
The changes in the industry give the CFE the chance to transform itself from just an electric utility to a company that provides energy services, including the marketing of natural gas, Mr. Ochoa said.
by Redacción Gas Shale México