Kinder Morgan began a binding open season to solicit interest for the proposed Mier-Monterrrey Pipeline Expansion project, which would increase transportation capacity 700 MMcf/d through looping of the existing pipeline from the U.S.-Mexico border to Huinalá, Nuevo León, Mexico, and a new lateral from Pesquería, Nuevo León, Mexico, to Escobedo, Nuevo León, Mexico.
One of the four Kinder Morgan-owned Texas intrastate pipeline systems, the Mier-Monterrey pipeline was placed into service during March of 2003 and designed with an initial capacity of 375 MMcf/d. The 95-mile pipeline interconnects with the southern end of the Kinder Morgan’s Texas pipeline system in Starr County, TX, and stretches to Monterrey, Mexico where it connects to a 1,000-megawatt power plant complex and to the Pemex Gas Y Petroquimica Basica natural gas transportation system.
If the proposed project is executed, it will be the second expansion on the Mier-Monterrey line. Previously, Kinder Morgan spent $126.3 million to expand the system to 640 MMcf/d through a new compressor station and conditioning plant at Bob West on the United States segment of the pipeline and leased compression in Monterrey. The additional compression was placed into service September 2014, and the conditioning plant began operating in January 2015.
Kinder Morgan anticipates the expansion to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017. Once completed, the system will allow for transportation of 1.34 Bcf/d to the fast growing industrial areas of Monterrey and Northern Mexico.
The open season ends Aug. 22.