Enbridge’s Largest U.S. - Mexico Pipeline to have Completion Delayed Until Next Year

A large natural gas pipeline from Texas to Mexico has had its completion delayed until April 2019 due to weather conditions that complicated the Mexican portion of the project’s completion.
The 2.6 billion cubic feet a day Valley Crossing Pipeline is being built by Enbridge, who has asked for a six-month extension for putting the Valley Crossing Pipeline into operation. Operations were scheduled to start this month, but the delay will push it back until April 23, 2019.

According to Enbridge, the delay comes from the inability to test the pipeline because of issues with the Mexican side of the pipeline, which connects with the Enbridge section offshore from Brownsville in the Gulf of Mexico. Infraestructura Marina de Golfo, a joint venture between the Canadian Pipeline and storage company TransCanada and Sempra Energy of San Diego, is responsible for the Mexican portion’s construction.

After its completion, the pipeline would be the largest natural gas pipeline flowing from the U.S. to Mexico. Exports by pipeline from the U.S. to Mexico have more than doubled since 2014.

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TransCanada Announces $800 Million Refined Products Project in Mexico

TransCanada Corporation announced on Tuesday its plan to construct an $800 million marine terminal and oil pipeline to serve the growing demand for refined products like gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel in central Mexico.

The project is a joint venture with TransCanada, who will hold a 50 percent share; Sierra Oil & Gas, who will hold a 40 percent share; and Grupo TMM, who will hold a 10 percent share.

The project would be the “largest single investment in refined products since the establishment of Mexico energy reform,” according to TransCanada’s statement. The job includes a marine terminal for offloading and distribution of refined products, a 165-mile refined products pipeline, and an inland storage and distribution hub.

TransCanada also announced back in June its plan to build and operate a $2.1 billion natural gas pipeline in Mexico through a joint venture with a unit of Sempra Energy. The new project will add to the company’s approximately $5 billion footprint in Mexico while its projects in Canada are seeing delays due to strong opposition from environmental and aboriginal groups.

TransCanada has not yet announced a timeline for the announced Mexico project and says the planned in-service date will be based on discussions with contract shippers.

“The project brings together leaders in their own fields, and with its attributes, positions our project as the premier choice for fuel importers,” TransCanada wrote in a statement.


TransCanada and Sempra Energy Joint Venture Awarded $2.1 Billion Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Mexico

TransCanada announced Monday that its joint venture with Sempra Energy’s subsidiary IEnova has been selected by Mexico’s state-owned power company Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) to build, own, and operate the $2.1 billion Sur de Texas-Tuxpan natural gas pipeline in Mexico.

The pipeline project will be supported by a 25-year natural gas transportation service contract for 2.6 billion cubic feet per day with CFE. TransCanada will develop, own, and operate 60 percent and IEnova will own 40 percent.

"We are extremely pleased to further our growth plans in Mexico with one of the most important natural gas infrastructure projects for that country's future," said TransCanada's president and chief executive officer Russ Girling. "This new project brings our footprint of existing assets and projects in development in Mexico to more than $5 billion, all underpinned by 25-year agreements with Mexico's state power company."

The pipeline will start in Brownsville, Texas and end in Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico. TransCanada will invest approximately $1.3 billion in the partnership to construct the 42-inch diameter, 497-mile pipeline. They estimate it will go into service late 2018.

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Spectra Energy Awarded $1.5 Billion Pipeline Project in Mexico to Meet Growing Natural Gas Needs

Houston-based Spectra Energy announced Monday that its subsidiary Valley Crossing has been awarded $1.5 billion for a pipeline project by Mexico’s state-owned power company Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) to provide natural gas transportation services from Texas that will meet Mexico’s growing electric generation needs.

The structure will provide clean-burning and reliable natural gas to support Mexico as it shifts from fuel oil to LNG. The pipeline project will add to Spectra’s strong asset portfolio, connect them to another key-demanding market, and add to their goal of securing $35 billion in capital expansion projects by 2020.

Spectra’s subsidiary will construct and operate a header system of more than 5 billion cubic feet per day near Nueces County, Texas and a 2.6/bcf/d pipeline starting at that same header and going into Brownsville, Texas. In Brownsville the pipeline will connect with the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline contracted by TransCanada that will extend to Mexico.

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Wood Group Mustang and Grupo Diavaz Form Joint Venture in Mexico

Wood Group subsidiary Wood Group Mustang announced on Thursday that it is partnering with Mexican-based operator and services company Grupo Diavaz to create a joint venture engineering business in order to capitalize on Mexico’s energy reform.

According to Mustang CEO Michele McNichol, the partnership includes opening an engineering training and employment center in Mexico City, where the partnership will be based.

The Mustang Diavaz collaboration is planned to provide engineering, procurement, and construction services to onshore and offshore facilities, and pipelines for the upstream and midstream oil & gas markets in Mexico.

With Grupo Diavaz’s knowledge of the Mexican oil and gas industry along with Wood Group Mustang’s experience in global engineering, Mustang Diavaz will provide unrivaled expertise to companies operating in Mexico, according to McNichol.

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Howard Midstream to Construct US-Mexico Refined Pipeline

Dos Águilas Pipeline Map, credit www.http://www.dosaguilaspipeline.com/

Howard Midstream Partners subsidiary Dos Águilas Pipeline is taking steps to permit, construct, and operate a new open access system of petroleum products terminals and pipelines, which will run from Corpus Christi, Texas to northern Mexico.

The 287-mile pipeline will carry gasoline, ultra-low sulfer diesel, and jet fuel from the Corpus Christi refinery to Laredo, Texas, and on to northern Mexico markets.

For regulatory purposes, the pipeline is broken down into four pipelines:
Border Express Pipeline – Corpus Christi to Laredo
Borrego Pipeline – Laredo to the US-Mexico border
Poliducto Frontera Pipeline – US-Mexico border to Nuevo Laredo
Poliducto del Norte Pipeline – Nuevo Laredo to Monterrey

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