Sempra To Build $1 Billion Pipeline For Mexico’s Electric Utility

December 2012, Vol. 239 No. 12

Sempra International’s Mexican business unit Sempra Mexico was awarded two contracts by Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico’s state-owned electric utility, to construct, own and operate a 500-mile, $1 billion pipeline network connecting the northwestern states of Sonora and Sinaloa.

After a competitive and transparent international public bidding process, Sempra Mexico’s offers were selected to develop the pipeline network. It will be comprised of two segments interconnecting to the U.S. interstate pipeline system in Arizona and will provide natural gas to new and existing CFE power plants that now use fuel oil. The capacity for each segment is fully contracted by CFE under two 25-year firm capacity contracts.

“We are pleased to have been awarded these projects which will strengthen the gas transportation system in northern Mexico,” said George Liparidis, president and CEO of Sempra International. “These projects represent an extension of our core business in Mexico and an important part of our plan to grow our international business.”

The first segment, a 36-inch, 310-mile pipeline, will run from Sasabe, south of Tucson, to Guaymas, Sonora, and will have capacity of 770 MMcf/d of natural gas. The pipeline is expected to begin operation in late 2014.

The second segment from Guaymas to El Oro, Sinaloa, is a 30-inch, 200-mile pipeline with a capacity of 510 Mcf/d. The pipeline is planned to begin operations in mid-2016.
“This new pipeline network will provide reliable access to natural gas to CFE’s plants in Sonora and Sinaloa,” said Carlos Ruiz, president and CEO of Sempra Mexico. “We have a long history of safe, efficient and reliable operations in Mexico and we appreciate the confidence that CFE has placed in us. We look forward to creating new jobs in these communities and improving the local economy for years to come.”