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October 2018 Updates: Mexico Gas Prices & SISTRANGAS Flows 
NGI's Mexico Natural Gas Prices provide you the best estimate of the
prices delivered in all nine SISTRANGAS zones as well as the US/Mexico Border**. 
** Note: The below charts have been modified from their original format to provide a better side by side comparison for this email
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First things first: Why were the SISTRANGAS zones reorganized, when, and how do these tariffs work?
 
As covered by Mexico GPI earlier in 2018, CENAGAS made the move from six to nine zones based on increasing market participation and changing transport and operating conditions. These changes took effect on Oct. 1st, 2018. Each of the nine zones has a 'postage stamp rate' tariff, which is charged to move gas within or through that particular area. The tariff rates are based (in part) on the price of the gas being shipped, meaning they fluctuate slightly each day. 
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Refresh my memory - what is meant by "Deliveries" volumes as opposed to "Receipts" volumes?
       
This is a question NGI receives constantly, and we believe you can sum up the differences thusly:

Deliveries are volumes of gas that is delivered to an endpoint (not volumes that move through) within that zone. Therefore deliveries volumes are a good indicator of zone-by-zone gas utilization. 

Receipts are volumes of gas that enter the SISTRANGAS pipeline system within that zone. This can include domestic production, gas moving over the border from the US into SISTRANGAS, and LNG as well. 
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Why are there two "Total prices" for zones 1 and 3?
       
For each of these zones, there are more than one pipeline option for bringing gas into that zone. In the case of Zone 1, the Ojinaga-El Encino private pipeline offers service to El Encino, while in Zone 3 the Kinder Morgan Mexico private pipeline offers direct service to Monterey. NGI's continued commitment to Mexico pricing transparency dictated that we should offer both estimated prices to Mexico GPI subscribers. 
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Why is the total price so high in Zone 9?
       
The obvious answer is that to get gas to Zone 9 from Alamo / Reynosa, it would have to travel a long way, incurring multiple tariffs. The secondary answer can be found in the Zone 9 Receipts above - that total being zero. So in addition to being extremely far (zone-wise) from cheap US gas, Zone 9 is also not producing or otherwise importing any volumes of gas. This may change in the near future when LNG projects in the area are completed. 
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Why are prices so low in Zone 1 and then more than a dollar higher in nearby Zone 3?
       
In Real Estate, they say the three most important things are "Location, Location, Location" - this holds true here as well. Zone 1 is located near plentiful West Texas Waha gas that is lacking in takeaway capacity, and so therefore has access to lower prices. While Zone 3 accounts for more than 3 million MM/Btu of natural gas imports, these imports are sourced from South Texas where the highly competitive Henry Hub market point is located. The high demand for volume and capacity in this area drives the price up and accounts for the pricing premium. 
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How often are these data / charts updated, and how I can receive them with a subscription to Mexico Gas Price Index?
 
While it's a job fit for crazy people, we update this information every single day. Mexico GPI subscribers can access today's updated NGI Mexico Gas Prices chart here and the SISTRANGAS Flows Chart here. Additionally, every subscription of Mexico Gas Price Index currently comes standard with the ability to generate Excel-readable downloads of the data behind each of these charts every day, along with a truckload of other charts and info.

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