Approved Compression Facility To Increase Natural Gas From U.S. To Mexico

Published: Friday, October 5, 2018 - 7:06pm
Updated: Monday, October 8, 2018 - 8:58am
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A map of the Sierrita Gas Pipeline from Tucson to the U.S.-Mexico border near Sasabe.

On Monday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the expansion of the Sierrita Gas Pipeline from Tucson to the border near Sasabe. By building a compression facility, the company Kinder Morgan will more than double the volume of natural gas the pipeline carries from the United States to Mexico.

“And then that gas will be going to a proposed liquefaction facility in Mexico’s Baja California,” says Victoria Zarestzkaya, an economist with the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

She added that once in Baja California, the gas would be liquefied and shipped to parts of Mexico that don’t have access to the natural gas pipeline grid, and potentially to markets in other parts of the world as well.

Kinder Morgan says work is expected to start on compression facilities in Pima County in the spring of 2019 and wrap up by spring 2020.

Amid continuing pipeline expansions, the U.S. exported more than $2.6 billion of natural gas to Mexico in 2017.

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