From BN Americas

Mexico Pacific Limited (MPL), a joint venture between US engineering firm Aecom and Texas energy infrastructure firm DKRW, has received authorization from the US government to make natural gas exports of up 621Bf3/y to a planned liquefaction terminal on Mexico’s northwest Pacific coast.

The plan is to transport natural gas by pipeline to Puerto Libertad in Sonora state, transform it into LNG, and then ship by sea to markets in Mexico that are not connected to the national natural gas network or to markets outside of Mexico.

Key to the logistics of the project is the Guaymas-El Oro Pipeline in Mexico operated by IEnova from which a short lateral pipeline will be built to service the Puerto Libertad facility. MPL has identified several pipeline options, such as the Sierrita Gas pipeline, owned by Sierrita Gas Pipeline LLC, to export natural gas from the US to this part of Mexico.

MPL owns more than 1,000 acres of the site for the Puerto Libertad liquefaction facility and plans to start construction in 2019 or early 2020. According to MPL the site provides access to both Permian and South Texas natural gas from the US and eventually Mexican natural gas. The site previously received permits for a regasification plant.

The export permit allows MPL to re-export gas to countries with which the US has a free trade agreement, including Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, South Korea and Singapore.


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