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Mexico's Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has completed its 186-mile Interoceanic Corridor natural gas pipeline, which will allow the Antonio Dovali Jaime refinery in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca state in southern Mexico to switch from burning fuel oil to natural gas. According to Pemex, it is the first time that natural gas will be supplied by pipeline to the south of Mexico. The 12-inch diameter pipeline connects the refinery on the Pacific Coast with the Gulf of Mexico. It currently has three compressor stations and will supply 90 MMcf/d of dry natural gas to the refinery facilities, according to an announcement in Spanish from Pemex. The project is expected to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and sulfur oxides by allowing the switch from fuel oil to natural gas, Pemex said, adding that carbon credits will "represent a substantial resource savings." Additionally, the pipeline is expected to provide an economic stimulus to southern Mexico.

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