U.S. natural gas exports to Mexico via West Texas are once again heading upward this year, according to analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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Exports from West Texas “have grown steadily in recent years, doubling from 0.6 Bcf/d in 2019 to 1.2 Bcf/d in 2021 as more connecting pipelines in Central and Southwest Mexico have been placed in service in the past three years,” said EIA analysts led by James Easton and Victoria Zaretskaya.

In May, West Texas exports into Mexico averaged a record high of 1.6 Bcf/d, researchers said.

The downstream pipelines include Grup Carso’s 472 MMcf/d Samalayuca-Sásabe pipeline and Fermaca’s Waha-to-Guadalajara, aka Wahalajara, system. Wahalajara allows molecules from the Permian Basin to reach Guadalajara,...