Mayakan Pipeline Extension Will Serve Mexico’s Electric Utilities

August 2013, Vol. 240 No. 8

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is poised to receive more natural gas for cleaner electric power generation from an extension of the Mayakan pipeline announced by GDF SUEZ Mexico and GE Energy Financial Services.

Energía Mayakan, a subsidiary of GDF SUEZ Mexico and GE Energy Financial Services, is extending its 435-mile, 24- to 16-inch Mayakan pipeline that starts in Macuspana, Tabasco, and runs through the states of Chiapas, Campeche and ends in Valladolid, Yucatan.

The extension will run 47 miles from the Nuevo Pemex Gas Processing Plant – owned by Pemex Gas y Petroquímica Básica (PGPB) in Nuevo Pemex, Tabasco– to connect with the existing Mayakan pipeline in Macuspana, Tabasco. Mexico’s electric utility CFE has contracted with PGPB to use 300 MMcf/d of gas through this new 30-inch pipeline to switch power plants in the Yucatan Peninsula from burning diesel and fuel oil to natural gas.

GDF SUEZ Mexico is investing about US$92 million for a 67.5% equity stake in the pipeline while GE Energy Financial Services is supplying about US$44 million for a 32.5% percent stake. Preparations for construction – to be carried out by Mexico’s Arendal – are underway, with completion of the pipeline extension slated for June 2014.

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