Feb. 22– Feb. 22–The Houston office of Canadian midstream giant Enbridge has started service on a $1.5 billion pipeline to move natural gas from the Agua Dulce hub near Corpus Christi to customers south of the border in Mexico.
Enbridge filed a Thursday morning notice with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission stating that the company placed the Valley Crossing Pipeline into service on Feb. 14.
The 165-mile pipeline is designed to move 2.6 billion feet of natural gas per day from Agua Dulce to an underwater area of the Gulf of Mexico just east of Brownsville.
Valley Crossing Pipeline connects with a second pipeline several feet below the sea floor to move natural gas from the U.S./Mexico border to the State of Veracruz and power plants in the Mexican interior.
Although the Valley Crossing Pipeline has been mechanically complete since October, Enbridge had been waiting for the Mexican pipeline to be completed.
Experiencing months of delays, Infraestructura Marina del Golfo, a joint venture between TransCanada and Sempra Energy completed the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan Pipeline in early February.
FERC officials gave Enbridge permission to being interconnection and commissioning activities on Feb. 7. That work was completed in about a week.
The pipeline is coming into service at a time when Mexico is importing record amounts of natural gas from the United States.
Amid sagging domestic production and rising demand from new power plants and maquiladoras, Mexico is importing around 6 billion cubic feet of natural per day from the United States. Roughly 85 percent of that imported natural gas is delivered via cross-border pipelines while the rest is shipped to liquefied natural gas import terminals.
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