Mexico looking for firms to build gas infrastructure
Part of a federal utility commission in Mexico issued a call on August 30 for companies to express interest in developing natural gas pipeline and LNG infrastructure.
CFEnergia, the gas marketing arm of Mexico’s federal electricity commission, called on “any third party” to express interest in the development of natural gas transportation infrastructure in the southern Mexican states of Veracruz and Oaxaca.
The division said also that it was looking to develop a business that will consist of the installation, operation and maintenance of a system for licensing natural gas and storage of LNG by means of a floating liquefied natural gas unit and associated facilities.
The long-term trajectory for Mexican LNG demand could be on a downward trend, owing in part to the development of US-Mexican cross-border pipelines and the expansion of Mexico’s domestic gas network.
US-based Sempra Energy, meanwhile, is making a bid to acquire Mexican energy infrastructure company IENova, formally Infrastructura Energetica Nova.
That effort is meant to combine Sempra’s LNG segment with that of IEnova.
In November 2020, Sempra’s LNG division took a final investment decision on the Energia Costa Azul LNG plant in northwestern Mexico. The terminal will be the first to ship gas from western states such as Texas and New Mexico from the Pacific coast, reducing delivery times to Asian markets and eliminating the need to use the Panama Canal.