FERC okays Comanche Trail gas pipeline into Mexico from Texas

The members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 19 approved a May 2015 application from Comanche Trail Pipeline LLC for a Presidential Permit and authorization under the Natural Gas Act to site, construct, and operate a border-crossing facility (the San Elizario Crossing Project) to export natural gas to, and import natural gas from, Mexico.

The border-crossing facility will be located at the international boundary between the United States near the City of San Elizario in El Paso County, Texas, and Mexico, near San Isidro, in the State of Chihuahua.

Comanche Trail is owned by Energy Transfer Mexicana LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners LP. Comanche Trail currently does not own any pipeline facilities or engage in any natural gas transportation services.

Comanche Trail proposes to construct and operate a border-crossing facility consisting of 1,086 feet of 42-inch-diameter pipeline extending from a point approximately 2.2 miles south-southeast of San Elizario in El Paso County to the middle of the Rio Grande River at the international boundary. It will have a design capacity of approximately 1.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/day) and a maximum allowable operating pressure of 1,440 pounds per square inch gauge. The border-crossing pipeline will cost approximately $2.5 million.

Comanche Trail states that a Mexican affiliate will construct pipeline to an interconnection with Mexico’s pipeline grid. Comanche Trail states that the principal use of the proposed border-crossing pipeline will be to transport exported domestic gas for use as fuel in electric generation plants and industrial facilities in Mexico.

Comanche Trail contemplates owning, constructing, and operating an intrastate pipeline in Texas, the Comanche Trail Pipeline, that would be subject to the jurisdiction of the Railroad Commission of Texas. Comanche Trail’s intrastate pipeline will transport gas southwest from the Waha Hub in Pecos County, Texas, to the proposed border-crossing facility. The intrastate pipeline will consist of approximately 195 miles of 42-inch-diameter pipeline with a total capacity of 1.1 Bcf/day.

Comanche Trail anticipates that its intrastate pipeline will interconnect with other Texas intrastate pipelines, as well as processing plants, and that it may later interconnect with interstate pipelines. Comanche Trail also states that while it will initially provide only intrastate service on its contemplated upstream pipeline, it may at a later time provide interstate transportation services.

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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.