Wednesday, March 7, 2012

TransCanada to build $500 million natural gas pipeline extension in Mexico

CALGARY, Alta. - TransCanada Corp. on Feb. 27 announced that it will build, own and operate the Tamazunchale Pipeline Extension in Mexico.

Construction of the natural gas pipeline is supported by the award of a 25-year natural gas transportation service contract by the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico's state-owned power company.

TransCanada expects to invest approximately US$500 million in the pipeline and anticipates an in-service date in the first quarter of 2014. The project will be 146 miles long and have contracted capacity of 630 million cubic feet a day (MMCf/d). The pipeline will use a combination of 30- and 36-inch-diameter pipe and have 37 megawatts of installed compression.

The pipeline will originate at the terminus of TransCanada's existing Tamazunchale Pipeline in the state of San Luis Potosi and extend through the states of Hidalgo and Queretaro, where it will connect with Mexico's National Pipeline System and serve a CFE combined-cycle power generating facility near El Sauz, Queretaro.

"The Tamazunchale Pipeline Extension demonstrates our continued commitment to developing Mexico's energy infrastructure to meet growing requirements for increased natural gas supply," said Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and chief executive officer.

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