Houston Pipe Line Co. LP's (HPL) Border Crossing Project, which would facilitate export and import of natural gas between the United States and Mexico at a point in Hidalgo County, TX, has been authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to be placed into service. The project consists of 703 feet of 24-inch diameter pipeline installed under the Rio Grande to reach the international border at the middle of the river, where they will connect to pipeline under Mexican jurisdiction and built by an HPL affiliate. Principle use for the natural gas transported through the Border Crossing Project facilities will be to fuel electric generation plants and supply potential industrial customers in northern Mexico. The order comes more than a year after FERC initially approved border-crossing facilities that are part of an HPL plan to ship gas between Texas and Mexico (see Daily GPI, March 20, 2014).
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