MEXICO CITY Mexican steel pipe producer Tubacero SA de CV will supply the 48-inch diameter pipes for the first phase of the 73-mile Los Ramones natural gas pipeline project being constructed by state-owned oil and gas company Petróleos Mexicanos SA de CV (Pemex).
The $600-million project will run from the northern border of Tamaulipas state to Los Ramones, in Nuevo León state, Gasoductos de Chihuahua S de RL de CV, a subsidiary of Pemex Gas & Basic Petrochemicals, said this week.
The first phase will have an initial natural gas capacity of 1 billion cubic feet per day and will start up in December 2014.
Capacity will increase to 2.1 billion cubic feet per day from the end of 2015, when the second phase of Los Ramones is expected to come into operation, Pemex said in July.
Overall, the Ramones pipeline will need some 400,000 tonnes of steel pipe and will cost about $2.5 billion, Mexican steel association Canacero has said.
A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Steel First.