FERC issues enviro review on gas pipeline crossing into Mexico from Texas

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 4 issued for comment, which will be taken until Feb. 3, an Environmental Assessment (EA) on the Presidio Border Crossing Project proposed by Trans-Pecos Pipeline LLC.

Trans-Pecos requests authorization to construct, operate, and maintain a new natural gas pipeline in Presidio County, Texas. The Presidio Border Crossing Project would involve construction of approximately 1,093 feet of FERC-jurisdictional 42-inch-diameter pipeline, installed beneath the Rio Grande River. The new pipeline would transport natural gas to a new delivery interconnect with pipeline facilities owned by an affiliate of Trans-Pecos at the United States-Mexico border that can meet expanding electric generation and industrial market needs in Mexico.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) also needs to grant approval for the import or export of natural gas from or to a foreign country. On May 7, 2015, DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy authorized Trans-Pecos to import and export natural gas from and to Mexico up to a combined total of 500 billion cubic feet for a two-year period effective beginning on June 11, 2015, extending through June 10, 2017.

Trans-Pecos has indicated plans to construct and operate 148-mile-long intrastate pipeline facilities that would transport natural gas from a new header originating on the pipeline grid near the Waha Hub located approximately three miles northwest of Coyanosa, Texas, in Pecos County, and terminating at the Presidio Border Crossing Project facilities. The Trans-Pecos intrastate facilities would traverse through the Texas counties of Pecos, Brewster, and Presidio.

At the header location, an affiliate of Trans–Pecos would install a 70,000 horsepower Waha Compressor Station, and 1.5 miles of header pipeline with eight interconnects to existing intrastate and interstate pipeline systems. A new meter station would also be constructed adjacent to County Road 170 at about Mile Post 146.4, approximately 4,700 feet (0.9 mile) from the jurisdictional project.

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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.