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    Sempra, CFE to pursue Mexico supply projects


New projects include a second LNG project on Mexico's Pacific Coast, a regas terminal and completion of a stalled pipeline [Image: Sempra]

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Sempra, CFE to pursue Mexico supply projects

US energy infrastructure company Sempra said January 31 it and Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) had signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop the Vista Pacifico LNG project in Topolobampo, Sinaloa, a natural gas regasification facility in La Paz, Baja California Sur and to resume work on the Guaymas-El Oro pipeline in Sonora.

The combined projects will allow CFE to optimise excess natural gas and pipeline capacity from Texas to Topolobampo in order to increase its natural gas supply to power plants in Baja California Sur.

The projects will advance president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's commitment to supply Baja with low-cost electricity and lower-emission fuels and are intended to promote the economic development of the region while strengthening CFE's position in global LNG markets, Sempra said.

With a proposed new route for the Guaymas-El Oro pipeline, which has faced opposition from indigenous communities and has been stalled for more than four years, CFE will be able to supply natural gas to industrial, commercial and residential markets on Mexico's Pacific Coast, in Baja California Sur, and to the Vista Pacifico LNG facility, which would produce 3-4mn metric tons/year of LNG. 

CFE looks to strengthen Mexico´s energy security, while Sempra Infrastructure continues to work to develop critical new energy infrastructure in Mexico.