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Sempra Unit Wins Bid For Small Mexico Pipeline

Sempra Energy unit Infraestructura Energetica Nova, SAB de C.V. (IEnova) has won the bid to construct the Ramal Empalme pipeline in the Mexican state of Sonora, according to Mexico's Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE).

Through a subsidiary, IEnova will be responsible for the project, including permitting, acquisition of land and rights-of-way, engineering, procurement, construction, financing, operation and maintenance.

IEnova subsidiary Gasoducto de Aguaprieta, S. de R.L. de C.V. beat two other finalists with a bid of US$10.85 million. The other two finalists were Gas Natural del Noroeste, S.A. de C.V. (US$16.53 million) and Arendal, S. de R.L de C.V. (US$30.5 million). CFE had budgeted $38.77 million for the project.

The 12.43-mile, 16- and 20-inch diameter pipeline will have capacity to transport 226 MMcf/d from the Sasabe-Guaymas and Guaymas-El Oro gas pipelines to the Empalme I and II combined cycle power plants in Sonora (see Daily GPIApril 22).

Last Month, Mexico-based IEnova lost a bid for another Mexican pipeline project to a unit of Transcanada Corp. (see Daily GPIApril 14).

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