ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Gas Co. says it’ll seek a federal permit to begin building a natural gas pipeline from southern New Mexico to Mexico.
Company spokesman Teala Kail says the $5 million project would extend the company’s existing pipeline in Santa Teresa about five miles to the U.S.-Mexico border and enlarge the pipeline.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that additional facilities would need to be built on the Mexican side of the border before exports of gas could begin.
A federal permit is required for pipelines that reach the border between the United States and Canada or Mexico, and Kail says the company expects the permit process will take a few months.
New Mexico Gas is the state’s largest natural gas utility, serving more than 515,000 customers.