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FERC OKs Start for 2.1 Bcf/d Texas-to-Mexico Pipeline

NET Mexico Pipeline Partners LLC Thursday was given a FERC clearance allowing it to place its 2 Bcf/d-plus Texas-to-Mexico natural gas pipeline project in service. The project could be online by Nov. 14, NET Mexico told the Commission.

"NET Mexico has completed the tie-in of the [border crossing facilities] project to its upstream Texas intrastate pipeline and to the downstream Los Ramones Pipeline in Mexico," the company said in an Oct. 20 filing at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [CP13-482].

The border-crossing facilities in Starr County, TX, consist of about 1,400 feet of 48-inch diameter pipeline and end at the international border.

Upstream of the border-crossing is a 124-mile, 42-inch diameter intrastate pipeline, anchored by a long-term firm gas transportation agreement, for up to 2.1 Bcf/d, with MGI Supply, a unit of Mexico's Pemex Gas y Petroquimica Basica that specializes in international gas purchases. The pipeline line runs from the Agua Dulce Hub in Nueces County, TX, to a point near Rio Grande City in Starr County (see Daily GPI, Feb. 25, 2013).

Downstream of the border crossing is Los Ramones, on which work began this summer on the system's Phase II South pipeline, a segment. The Los Ramones system runs from the Texas-Mexico border to central Mexico and is one of the country's largest energy infrastructure projects ever, according to developers (see Daily GPI, Aug. 25).

Last year NET Mexico said it would initially only transport Texas-sourced natural gas in intrastate and foreign commerce on its Texas pipeline but would later make filings to enable it to provide Natural Gas Policy Act Section 311 transportation service on an interruptible basis on behalf of interstate pipelines (see Daily GPI, June 4, 2013; Nov. 11, 2013).

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