Energy Transfer affiliate seeks FERC approval for U.S./Mexico gas pipeline project

Trans-Pecos Pipeline LLC applied May 28 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to site, construct, operate, and maintain certain natural gas pipeline facilities to export and/or import natural gas between the United States and Mexico at a point on the International Boundary near the City of Presidio in Presidio County, Texas, and Mexico in the vicinity of the City of Manuel Ojinaga, State of Chihuahua.

Trans-Pecos also requested that the commission issue a Presidential Permit authorizing Trans-Pecos to site, construct, operate, and maintain the Presidio Crossing Project. Trans-Pecos asked the commission grant these authorizations by Nov. 1, 2015, to allow construction activities to commence for the Presidio Crossing Project during the first quarter of 2016.

Trans-Pecos is owned by Energy Transfer Mexicana LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners LP. Energy Transfer is a master limited partnership which owns and operates one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets in the United States. Energy Transfer currently owns and operates approximately 35,000 miles of natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines. Energy Transfer or an affiliate of Energy Transfer will be the operator of Trans-Pecos.

Trans-Pecos will build a new, natural gas intrastate pipeline system that will transport natural gas produced in Texas. After commencing intrastate service on its pipeline system, Trans-Pecos intends to flow natural gas in interstate commerce. Trans-Pecos intends to construct under Railroad Commission of Texas jurisdiction approximately 143 miles of 42-inch pipeline, multiple meter stations, and ancillary facilities commencing at a hub on the pipeline grid located in Pecos County, Texas, to the point on the International Boundary.

The Presidio Crossing Project will consist of approximately 1,093 feet of 42-inch pipeline to be installed by a horizontal directional drill (HDD) that will extend from a meter facility on the north side of the Rio Grande River, and traverse under the Rio Grande River to the middle of the river bed at the International Boundary with Mexico. The pipeline portion of the HDD and other facilities to be built on the Mexico side of the International Boundary will be subject to the jurisdiction of the Republic of Mexico and constructed by an affiliate of Trans-Pecos.

The principal use for the natural gas transported though the Presidio Crossing Project facilities will be to fuel natural gas-fired electric generation plants and supply potential industrial customers in northern Mexico. The proposed Presidio Crossing Project facilities do not include any liquefiled natural gas (LNG) facilities or contemplate attaching to any future LNG facilities.

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