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Sempra Energy's Mexico Unit Responds To Mexican Regulator's Decision On PEMEX Joint Venture Acquisition

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) announced that its Mexican subsidiary, Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) (BMV:IENOVA) and Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) will move forward to address and resolve issues raised by Mexico's antitrust commission concerning IEnova's purchase of PEMEX's 50-percent equity interest in the Gasoductos de Chihuahua joint venture.  

Mexico's Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica (COFECE) rejected the transaction as proposed and specified that, based upon previous antitrust rulings on PEMEX's indirect ownership of the TDF liquid petroleum gas (LPG) pipeline and the San Fernando pipeline, these assets must be offered by PEMEX in a competitive bidding process as a prerequisite for approval of any transaction involving these two assets.  

The commission's decision does not object to IEnova's acquisition of the assets on a market concentration basis.

The parties are in the process of restructuring the transaction so that PEMEX can proceed with a bidding process on these two assets in accordance with the commission's ruling. IEnova will have the right of first refusal and the right, as a partner, to approve the winning bidder.

The bidding process and restructuring of the transaction is anticipated to be completed in the first quarter 2016 and will be subject to satisfactory completion of Mexican antitrust review and may require further approvals from Mexican authorities. The terms and conditions of the revised transaction are still under negotiation.

"We look forward to working with PEMEX to address the issues raised by Mexico's antitrust commission," said Mark A. Snell, president of Sempra Energy. "We will proceed in a manner that is both acceptable and consistent with the commission's guidance."

IEnova develops, builds and operates energy infrastructure projects in Mexico.  At the close of 2014 it reported investments valued at approximately US $3.5 billion, including projects in operation and construction, becoming one of the largest private energy companies in the country. IEnova is the first energy infrastructure company listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange.

Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2014 revenues of $11 billion.  The Sempra Energy companies' 17,000 employees serve more than 32 million consumers worldwide.

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actions and the timing of actions, including issuances of permits to construct and licenses for operation, by the California Public Utilities Commission, California State Legislature, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, California Energy Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, and other regulatory, governmental and environmental bodies in the United States and other countries in which we operate; the timing and success of business development efforts and construction, maintenance and capital projects, including risks in obtaining, maintaining or extending permits, licenses, certificates and other authorizations on a timely basis and risks in obtaining adequate and competitive financing for such projects; energy markets, including the timing and extent of changes and volatility in commodity prices, and the impact of any protracted reduction in oil and natural gas prices from historical averages; the impact on the value of our natural gas storage assets from low natural gas prices, low volatility of natural gas prices and the inability to procure favorable long-term contracts for natural gas storage services; delays in the timing of costs incurred and the timing of the regulatory agency authorization to recover such costs in rates from customers; deviations from regulatory precedent or practice that result in a reallocation of benefits or burdens among shareholders and ratepayers; capital markets conditions, including the availability of credit and the liquidity of our investments; inflation, interest and currency exchange rates; the impact of benchmark interest rates, generally Moody's A-rated utility bond yields, on our California Utilities' cost of capital; the availability of electric power, natural gas and liquefied natural gas, and natural gas pipeline and storage capacity, including disruptions caused by failures in the North American transmission grid, pipeline explosions and equipment failures and the decommissioning of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS); cybersecurity threats to the energy grid, natural gas storage and pipeline infrastructure, the information and systems used to operate our businesses and the confidentiality of our proprietary information and the personal information of our customers, terrorist attacks that threaten system operations and critical infrastructure, and wars; the ability to win competitively bid infrastructure projects against a number of strong competitors willing to aggressively bid for these projects; weather conditions, conservation efforts, natural disasters, catastrophic accidents, and other events that may disrupt our operations, damage our facilities and systems, and subject us to third-party liability for property damage or personal injuries, some of which may not be covered by insurance; risks that our partners or counterparties will be unable or unwilling to fulfill their contractual commitments; risks posed by decisions and actions of third parties who control the operations of investments in which we do not have a controlling interest; risks inherent with nuclear power facilities and radioactive materials storage, including the catastrophic release of such materials, the disallowance of the recovery of the investment in, or operating costs of, the nuclear facility due to an extended outage and facility closure, and increased regulatory oversight, including motions to modify settlements; business, regulatory, environmental and legal decisions and requirements; expropriation of assets by foreign governments and title and other property disputes; the impact on reliability of San Diego Gas & Electric Company's (SDG&E) electric transmission and distribution system due to increased amount and variability of power supply from renewable energy sources and increased reliance on natural gas and natural gas transmission systems; the impact on competitive customer rates of the growth in distributed and local power generation and the corresponding decrease in demand for power delivered through SDG&E's electric transmission and distribution system; the inability or determination not to enter into long-term supply and sales agreements or long-term firm capacity agreements due to insufficient market interest, unattractive pricing or other factors; the resolution of litigation; and other uncertainties, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control.  These risks and uncertainties are further discussed in the reports that Sempra Energy has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These reports are available through the EDGAR system free-of-charge on the SEC's website,, and on the company's website at

Investors should not rely unduly on any forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forecasts or projections or other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Sempra International, LLC, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC, and Sempra Partners, LP, are not the same companies as the California utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and Sempra International, LLC, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC, and Sempra Partners, LP, are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission. Sempra International's underlying entities include Sempra Mexico and Sempra South American Utilities. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's underlying entities include Sempra Renewables and Sempra Natural Gas.


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