Backers of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline LLC, which would move natural gas from Texas to Mexico, recently filed for a presidential permit authorizing the pipeline’s international border-crossing facilities.
The border crossing would be near the city of Presidio in Presidio County, TX, and near the Mexican city of Manuel Ojinaga in the state of Chihuahua. Trans-Pecos is requesting that the permit be issued by Nov. 1 to allow construction to begin during the first quarter of 2016.
The Presidio Crossing would enable the transport of gas for export and/or import between the United States and Mexico to meet the needs of the expanding electric generation and industrial markets in Mexico, Trans-Pecos said. “The ability to import, as well as export, natural gas on the project facilities will enhance the reliability of services on both sides of the border. As such, the Presidio Crossing Project facilities will expand the market for domestically produced gas.”
The Trans-Pecos intrastate system would consist of 143 miles of 42-inch diameter pipeline and related facilities in Texas that would be regulated by the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC). It would transport gas from the Waha Hub in Pecos County to the international border crossing.
The pipeline would have capacity of 1.3 Bcf/d. Trans-Pecos said it anticipates installing interconnects with other intrastate pipelines and processing plants at or near the Waha Hub and in the surrounding area and ultimately with interstate pipelines in the area. The pipeline would traverse the Texas counties of Pecos, Brewster and Presidio with potential interconnects with towns and municipalities before terminating at the border. Some area residents are opposed to the pipeline for environmental and safety-related reasons, and they have vowed to fight its construction (see Daily GPI, May 21).
“…[A]fter the commencement of intrastate service on the Trans-Pecos pipeline system, Trans-Pecos intends also to provide interstate transportation services under Section 311(a)(2) and Part 284, Subpart C, of the Commission’s regulations on its facilities on an open-access basis for any party requesting service in accordance with Trans-Pecos Statement of Operating Conditions,” the company told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [CP15-500].