Tamazunchale Pipeline System
Growing demand for industrial, residential, commercial and electric generation uses is fuelling opportunities in Mexico. The Mexican government forecasts natural gas demand will grow to over 9 billion cubic feet a day (Bcf/d) in the next 10 years.
Building on a track record in Mexico and strength in building pipelines through rugged terrain, TransCanada sees current and future opportunities one day culminating in a fully networked gas supply system in Mexico, like we enjoy in Canada and the United States. Most recently, TransCanada has been working with Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electricidad to build the Guadalajara pipeline project and operate it based on a 25-year contract.
TransCanada’s history in Mexico dates back to 1998 as the first company to build a private pipeline in the country. TransCanada currently owns and operates the 130-kilometre (81-mile) Tamazunchale Pipeline in central Mexico.
The Tamazunchale pipeline is a 130-kilometre (81-mile) natural gas pipeline in east central Mexico that connects facilities of Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company, Pemex Gas, near Naranjos, Veracruz, to an electricity generating station near Tamazunchale, San Luis Potosi. TransCanada is currently planning an extension of the Tamazunchale pipeline westward over the Sierra Madre mountain range to serve the populous Mexico City region.
- Ownership: 100 per cent owned by TransCanada
- Key Market Interconnects: • Naranjos
- 2011 Natural Gas Throughput: 57 Bcf
Guadalajara Pipeline Project
The Guadalajara Pipeline is the most recent TransCanada project in Mexico. It will follow a 310-kilometre (193-mile) route from an LNG terminal under construction near Manzanillo on Mexico’s Pacific Coast to Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city.
The 30-inch-diameter pipeline, which has an in-service date of Spring 2011, will be capable of bidirectional transportation of 320 million cubic feet a day (MMcf/d) of natural gas. The project includes a 6 kilometre (3.7-mile), 24-inch-diameter line from the LNG terminal to power plants near Manzanillo.