Sempra Bidding for Fourth Mexican Project
Sempra Energy International is in the running for its third gas
project in Mexico with its bid to build distribution infrastructure
to serve the cities of Torreon, Gomez, Palacio, Ciudad Lerdo, and
Durango with the La Laguna-Durango system. Mexico's Energy
Regulatory Commission (CRE) will announce the winning bidder no
later than May 20.
The La Laguna system is to serve 50,000 customers by its fifth
year in operation. Projected investment is US$30 million for the
system, which will deliver gas expected to supplant fuel oil usage.
San Diego-based Sempra Energy and Mexico's Proxima currently
distribute gas in two geographic zones, Mexicali and Chihuahua.
Sempra will invest US$64 million in these projects' first five
years of operation in order to build more than 994 miles of
pipeline, which will supply nearly 77,000 residential, industrial
and commercial customers.
Additionally, a Sempra subsidiary was awarded a bid by Mexico's
Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to supply the Presidente
Juarez thermoelectric generating station in Rosarito, Baja
California. Sempra will invest more than $28 million in order to
develop the 22-mile system. Along with the transportation there is
a 10-year gas supply agreement. Construction on this project is to
start in the next month or two.
"The idea behind all this, and part of Sempra's strategy, is to
look for projects in northern Mexico where there's a chance for
interconnection across the border," said Sempra spokesman Michael
Clark. As far as making money, both Mexicali and Chihuahua are in
the black for us."
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