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Pipeline projects will boost Mexico natural gas imports

Keywords: Tags  Jorge de la Huerta Moreno, Petróleos Mexicanos, Pemex, pipelines, natural gas, Rodrigo Alonso

MEXICO CITY — Several new pipeline projects will substantially increase the amount of natural gas Mexico imports from Texas, according to an executive at state-owned energy firm Petróleos Mexicanos SA de CV (Pemex).

Three pipelines, which will run through Reynosa and Arguelles in the state of Tamaulipas and through Monterrey in Nuevo León state, are expected to boost natural gas imports by 150 percent, said Jorge de la Huerta Moreno, senior vice president for natural gas at Pemex. They are expected to be completed within 12 to 14 month.

More pipeline projects under construction, such as the Agua Dulce and Ramones projects, will increase imports even more dramatically over the next 18 to 36 months, he said.

Mexico’s state-owned energy and electricity firms have launched several pipeline projects in recent months. Inadequate infrastructure forced Pemex to issue 109 "critical alerts" to its industrial customers in 2012.

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.

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