TransCanada to extend Tamazunchale natural gas pipeline in Mexico

TransCanada Corp. will build, own, and operate a 235-km, 30-in. and 36-in. OD extension to its existing Tamazunchale natural gas pipeline in Mexico. The project is supported by a 25-year natural gas transportation service contract by Mexico’s state-owned power company, Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE).

The project will have contracted capacity of 630 MMcfd and include 37 Mw of installed compression. The extension will start at the end of TransCanada's existing Tamazunchale Pipeline in the state of San Luis Potosi and extend through Hidalgo and Queretaro states, where it will connect with Mexico's National Pipeline System and serve a CFE combined-cycle power generating facility near El Sauz, Queretaro.

The Mexican government recently announced a number of natural gas infrastructure projects for the country and TransCanada said it will pursue future development opportunities in the country.

TransCanada estimates the cost of the project at $500 million and anticipates an in-service date of first-quarter 2014.

The company last year finished work on it 310-km Guadalajara Pipeline, delivering gas from an LNG regasification terminal near Manzanillo on Mexico’s Pacific Coast to Guadalajara and also underpinned by a 25-year CFE contract (OGJ Online, May 7, 2009).

Contact Christopher E. Smith at chriss@ogjonline.com.

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