Mexico Plans Underwater Gas Pipeline to Texas

July 2015, Vol.242, No. 7

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has announced plans for nearly $10 billion worth of electricity and natural gas infrastructure projects, including a gas pipeline under the Gulf of Mexico from Texas to the port of Veracruz.

The Federal Electricity Commission said Monday the costliest project would be the 500-mile underwater pipeline for carrying natural gas from South Texas. The pipeline is intended to go into operation in June 2018.

Officials hope that importing cheap natural gas will help lower Mexico’s electricity rates. Other projects include power plants, electricity distribution, transmission lines and electrical substations.

Mexico passed a broad overhaul of its energy sector last year aimed in part at attracting more investment to electricity and petroleum.

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