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Mexico's natural gas market needs more clarity as to how its two main pipeline systems will interact, from both a physical and regulatory perspective, according to Talanza Energy Consulting's Daniela Flores, head of midstream and downstream.

The Sistrangas national pipeline grid is operated by the Centro Nacional de Control del Gas Natural (Cenagas), and spans about 6,256 miles.

A separate set of pipelines is anchored by CFEnergía, the fuel marketing arm of state power utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), and operated by private sector pipeline firms. These pipelines, on which CFEnergía is the sole shipper, stretch 3,739 miles.

The distinction is "important because there are different stakeholders with different rules and approaches," Flores told the US-Mexico Natural Gas Forum in San Antonio, TX, on Tuesday.

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