ONEOK Partners has entered into a 50-50 joint venture with a subsidiary of Fermaca Infrastructure, a Mexico City-based natural gas infrastructure company, to construct a pipeline that would transport natural gas from the Permian Basin in West Texas to Mexico.
The $450 million Roadrunner Gas Transmission pipeline project extends from ONEOK Partners’ ONEOK WesTex Transmission natural gas pipeline system at Coyanosa, TX, west to a new international border-crossing connection at the U.S.-Mexico border near San Elizario, TX, where it will connect with Fermaca’s Tarahumara Gas Pipeline.
The project includes about 200 miles of 30-inch pipeline designed to transport up to 640 MMcf/d of natural gas with up to 570 MMcf/d to be transported to Mexico’s growing markets. ONEOK Partners will manage the construction of the project and will be the operator of the pipeline upon completion.
The first phase of the pipeline project for 170 MMcf/d of available capacity is expected to be completed by the first quarter 2016. The second phase, which will increase the pipeline’s available capacity to 570 MMcf/d, is expected to be completed in the first quarter 2017, while the final phase should be finished in 2019, increasing capacity to 640 MMcf/d.