TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 90,300 kilometres (56,100 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. Natural gas pipelines move natural gas from major sources of supply to locations or markets that use natural gas to meet their energy needs.
TransCanada was the first private company to construct and operate natural gas pipelines in Mexico in the mid-1990s, when the Mexican market opened to private investment. In recent years, the Mexican government has made the expansion of the national gas pipeline network a priority and TransCanada has been a key player in achieving this goal. By 2018, TransCanada will be operating seven major natural gas pipeline systems in Mexico representing approximately a US$5 billion investment. In addition to supplying natural gas to some areas of the country where it has never before been available, these projects contribute to strengthening local economies and provide significant employment opportunities, particularly during construction.
In June 2016, the Sur de Texas – Tuxpan pipeline was awarded to TransCanada in partnership with IEnova, Infraestructura Marina del Golfo (IMG). TransCanada will develop, own and operate 60 per cent of this project, with IEnova owning 40 per cent. The pipeline will be 800 kilometres (497 miles) long, TransCanada’s longest natural gas pipeline in Mexico, and anticipated to be in-service by late 2018. It will begin in the Gulf of Mexico, at the border point near Brownsville, Texas and end in Tuxpan, in the state of Veracruz.
Stretching 125 kilometres (78 miles), the pipeline transports natural gas from Naranjos, Veracruz in east central Mexico to Tamazunchale, San Luis Potosi and on to El Sauz, Queretaro. The pipeline has been operating since 2006, with the expansion to El Sauz, Queretaro (see Tamazunchale Extension) in operation since 2014.
The extension is 235 kilometres (146 miles), which begins at the terminus of TransCanada’s Tamazunchale pipeline in the state of San Luis Potosi. The addition transports natural gas to El Sauz, Queretaro. The pipeline has been in-service since 2014.
TransCanada was awarded the bid to build and operate the pipeline in 2012. The pipeline is 413 kilometres (257 miles) long and is expected to be in operation by the fourth quarter of 2016. It will deliver natural gas from El Oro to Mazatlan, Sinaloa in Mexico, and will connect to the Topolobampo pipeline in El Oro.
The pipeline has been under construction since the bid was awarded in 2012, and is expected to be in operation by the fourth quarter of 2016. The pipeline is 530 kilometres (329 miles), TransCanada’s second longest natural gas pipeline in Mexico. It will transport natural gas to Topolobampo, Sinaloa from interconnects with third-party pipelines in El Oro, Sinaloa and El Encino, Chihuahua in Mexico.
In November 2015, TransCanada was awarded the contract to build, own and operate the Tuxpan-Tula pipeline. Construction is expected to begin in 2016 with a planned in-service date in fourth quarter 2017. Stretching 263 kilometres (155 miles) the pipeline will start in Tuxpan, Veracruz and extend through the states of Puebla and Hidalgo, supplying natural gas to each of those jurisdictions as well as the central region of Mexico.
The Tula - Villa de Reyes pipeline is the most recent addition to TransCanada's expanding portfolio in Mexico. Spanning 420 kilometres (261 miles) the pipeline is expected to be in-service by early 2018. The pipeline will begin in Tula, Hidalgo, and end in Villa de Reyes, San Luis Potosi. It will transport natural gas to power generation facilities in the central region of the country.
TransCanada is committed to contributing to the development of local communities in Mexico and protecting the environment. TransCanada invests in local communities by supporting continuing education, and commits funding and resources to projects which increase residents’ quality of life and job opportunities.
An example of the programs that TransCanada has implemented on projects in Mexico is in a community located near the El Encino – Topolobampo project. In this case, TransCanada installed solar panels in the community of San Elias. For the first time, this remote indigenous community now has access to electricity in the local health centre and community school for at least 25 years. Another significant example was the donation of materials to build a small dam that now provides water to nearly 1,000 inhabitants in La Noria.
Protecting the environment is important to TransCanada and we are dedicated to many initiatives in Mexico. From preserving 200-year-old cacti to restoration of 30,000 plants along the Encino – Topolobampo project route, and planting over 700 trees in Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, to rescuing the endangered baby Golfina turtles in Sinaloa as part of the El Oro – Mazatlan project, TransCanada is committed to preserving the environment.
Our goal is to build strong communities by partnering with community groups, supporting local initiatives and motivating our employees to get involved in the communities where our projects are developed. Relations with indigenous communities in other areas of North America have been an integral part of TransCanada’s operations for over 30 years, and these relationships continue to be a priority in Mexico.