Mexican oil and gas giant Pemex and ENGIE, a French energy company, have selected Emerson to help upgrade and expand Mexico’s gas pipeline infrastructure. The $8.9 million project is part of Mexico’s energy reform initiative. Because existing natural gas availability is expected to fall short of demand, Mexico is increasing capacity for importing low-cost gas from the U.S. Pemex estimates demand for natural gas will grow 3.6% year from 2012-28, with total imports increasing to 3 Bcf/d.
Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, will automate the southern portion of the Los Ramones Phase II pipeline. When completed, the 290-km Los Ramones II Sur pipeline will have the capacity to deliver 1.4 Bcf/d of natural gas, (P&GJ August, 2015).
The $2.3 billion Los Ramones pipeline project demonstrates a significant investment to ensure access to lower cost energy, a crucial component for petrochemical production and a broader manufacturing growth. One of the largest infrastructure project investments in Mexico’s history, the pipeline will extend from the Texas border to central Mexico with capacity to transport up to 2.1 Bcf/d to Mexico, supplying 20% of its total natural gas demand.
“Our project specialists will help Pemex and ENGIE bring the pipeline into service quickly and safely so that Mexico’s homes and businesses get the energy they need,” said Leo Rodriguez, president of Emerson Process Management – Latin America.