TC Energy Corporation and Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova) have announced that their JV Sur de Texas-Tuxpan Pipeline project in northeastern Mexico has achieved mechanical completion. 

The JV company, Infraestructura Marina del Golfo, constructed the pipeline to provide capacity to transport 2.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

The project represents approximately $2.5 billion in infrastructure investment to provide much-needed natural gas to power plants, industrial and urban centres to increase the economic development throughout the country, in line with Mexico’s government objectives. 

The Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline is expected to deliver a 40-percent increase in Mexico’s current import capacity of natural gas. It will supply cleaner and more efficient fuel for power generation and industry development. 

“Mexico benefits from a geographic location that allows the country to have access to some of the lowest natural gas prices in the world. The expansion of its pipeline network and the supply provided by Sur de Texas-Tuxpan will contribute to increasing Mexico’s competitiveness. We are proud to build and deliver the critical infrastructure needed to help Mexico make this a reality,” said Robert Jones, President, TC Energía. 

“The pipeline represents a key piece for the country’s energy security as it will be able to supply natural gas through its interconnections to central and southern regions of Mexico,” Robert said. 

The 772 kilometres (480 miles) of 42-inch diameter pipeline runs offshore from the border with the U.S., near the city of Brownsville, Texas to Altamira, near the city of Tampico in the state of Tamaulipas, where it continues towards Tuxpan in the state of Veracruz. 

The inland portion of the pipeline will supply Mexico’s natural gas needs through TC Energía’s Tamazunchale and Tula pipelines, as well as feed Mexico’s Sistrangas system. The Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline has been one of the most challenging projects in the world and was the highest single source of foreign direct investment in Mexico in 2017. 

The project included the construction of the largest compressor station in the country, located in Altamira, Tamaulipas and the creation of 3,000 jobs during its construction phase. 

“This important project will ensure the reliable and safe supply of an economic, efficient and environmentally friendly fuel that will promote economic development, job creation and wellbeing for Mexicans. Through the construction of energy infrastructure IEnova confirms its commitment to continuing investing in Mexico,” said Tania Ortiz Mena, CEO of IEnova. 

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12th June 2019