Two large pipelines that will transport natural gas to Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission may soon be under construction near San Elizario, raising safety and environmental concerns among area residents.
The proposed pipelines come as energy policy reforms implemented by the Mexican government last year now allow foreign companies to invest in that country’s energy industry.
The Roadrunner Gas Transmission Pipeline, a 30-inch steel pipeline, is expected to carry natural gas from Cayanosa, Texas, to a border-crossing connection in San Elizario. From there, it will connect to the Tarahumara gas pipeline in Chihuahua.
The Roadrunner gas pipeline is a joint project between Tulsa-based ONEOK Partners, the former parent company of Texas Gas Service, and Fermaca, a Mexican company.
In its request for a presidential permit filed on April 9, ONEOK requested the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the permit by Sept. 1 to allow for the construction to start in early 2016.
The other project in the works is the Comanche Trail Pipeline, owned by a consortium comprised of Energy Transfers Partnes, MasTec, and Carso Energy. Carso Energy is owned by Carlos Slim, Mexico’s richest man.
According to a public notice, the Comanche Trail project will consist of 192 miles of 42-inch pipeline beginning near the Waha Hub in Pecos County to San Elizario.
The Comanche Trail Pipeline is related to the $915 million project that will transport natural gas from Samalayuca, south of Juárez, to Sasabe in Sonora.