The Trans-Pecos Pipeline is a Texas intrastate pipeline designed to transport 1.4 billion cubic feet per day of clean-burning natural gas as part of an agreement with Comisión Federal de Electricidad, Mexico’s federal electricity commission.
Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners is responsible for constructing and operating the 143-mile, 42-inch pipeline which will originate at the existing Waha Hub outside Fort Stockton, Texas in northern Pecos County. The pipeline will include delivery locations with local towns and utilities in south Texas and terminate custody at the international boundary in the Rio Grande River.
The Trans-Pecos pipeline will provide new market outlets for domestically produced natural gas, thereby encouraging continued production in the U.S. energy sector. Construction is anticipated to start by Q1 2016 and the project is expected to be in service by the end of Q1 2017.
- Approximately 143 miles of 42” pipeline.
- Approximate Mileage Per County:
Pecos: 47 miles
Brewster: 33 miles
Presidio: 63 miles
- Seeking permanent easements of 50 feet with temporary easements of an additional 75 feet during construction.
- Landowners will be compensated for both permanent and temporary easements.
- The pipeline will be buried a minimum of 48”. May be deeper in some areas.
- The preliminary pipeline route will follow existing power lines and railroads where feasible in order to reduce the pipeline’s impact on the surrounding areas.
- Initial plans do not include compression beyond the point of origination, resulting in no noise or odors along the route.
- Any safety lighting required along the route will comply with all outdoor lighting ordinances.
The Trans-Pecos Pipeline will financially benefit local communities via the use of goods and services and will provide a direct tax benefit to the counties traversed by the project. The following represents the approximate projected ad valorem taxes that will be paid annually to each county:
Pecos: $1.4 million
Brewster: $1.0 million
Presidio: $1.9 million
Addnl. costs to be allocated: $2.8 million
Total: $7.1 million
Additionally the project will create construction jobs and encourage continued production in the U.S.
energy sector, therefore helping restore jobs from the recent market downturn.
It also will benefit air quality in the region by replacing Northern Mexico’s fuel source with clean-burning natural gas. The area currently produces harmful greenhouse gasses from its power generation plants that burn diesel, coal and wood.
The Trans-Pecos Pipeline will be regulated by the Texas Railroad Commission with delegated authority by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The pipeline will be an intrastate pipeline as defined in Section 2(16) of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 (“NGPA”) and 15 U.S.C. §3301(16).
The pipeline also will be governed by federal environmental laws including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Rivers and Harbor Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Historical Preservation Act.
The pipeline has filed for permits with, provided information to, or engaged in required consultations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Historical Commission, and numerous state entities.
The Trans-Pecos Pipeline has begun surveying the area as part of its process to identify the desired route that creates safe and reliable transmission infrastructure. To accomplish this, we are performing civil, environmental and endangered species surveys.
The Trans-Pecos Pipeline, as with all of Energy Transfer’s pipelines, will meet and exceed, when possible, all safety regulations to ensure a long-term, safe and reliable pipeline.
Today, there are more than 305,000 miles of natural gas pipelines operating in the United States. With proper design techniques and maintenance, pipelines can be safely operated for decades.
Our top priority is to provide safe and reliable transportation of natural gas. Construction will include visual and Non Destructive Examination (NDE) of every weld that joins sections of pipe together.
The pipeline will be tested with water under 1-1.5 times higher-than-normal pressure and regulation devices will be installed to prevent pressure from exceeding safe limits.
All safety valves along the mainline will be remotely controlled and monitored for pressure at all times—24 hours a day/7 days a week.