FERC okays permit for Roadrunner gas pipeline from Texas into Mexico

The members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 15 granted an April 9 request from Roadrunner Gas Transmission LLC for a Presidential Permit and authorization to site, construct, operate, and maintain border-crossing facilities for the export of natural gas at the international boundary between the United States in El Paso County, Texas, and Mexico in the vicinity of San Isidro, State of Chihuahua.

The sole member of Roadrunner is Roadrunner Gas Transmission Holdings LLC, which has two members: ONEOK Gas Storage Holdings LLC and Fermaca RR Holdings Inc.

  • ONEOK Gas Storage is a subsidiary of ONEOK Partners LP, which is a publicly traded master limited partnership involved in the gathering, processing, storage, and transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids in the U.S.
  • Fermaca RR Holdings is a part of the Fermaca group of companies that develop, construct, own, and operate natural gas pipelines and other energy-related assets in Mexico.

Roadrunner plans to construct approximately 900 feet of 30-inch-diameter pipeline extending from a point in El Paso County to the international border with Mexico. The pipeline will be installed under the Rio Grande River. The export facilities will have a design capacity of approximately 875,000 thousand cubic feet per day (Mcf/day) and a maximum allowable operating pressure of 1,220 pounds per square inch gauge.

Natural gas will be transported to the proposed border-crossing facilities through a new intrastate pipeline that Roadrunner proposes to build and operate under the jurisdiction of the Texas Railroad Commission. The new intrastate pipeline system will consist of 205 miles of 30-inch-diameter pipeline, meter stations, a compressor station in Pecos County, Texas, and other appurtenant facilities. Roadrunner states that, while initially it will provide only intrastate service on its upstream facilities, it may later provide service under section 311 of the Natural Gas Policy Act. Authorization for that service would be sought in a future proceeding.

The proposed border-crossing facilities will transport natural gas to a new delivery interconnect with Tarahumara Pipeline S. de R.L. de C.V. on the Mexican side of the border for electric generation and industrial market needs in Mexico. Roadrunnert plans to enter into an interconnection and operating agreement with Tarahumara. Roadrunner acknowledges that before any customer exports gas using the border-crossing facilities, the customer will obtain federal export authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.