A subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI) announced the start of a binding open season to solicit interest for incremental firm natural gas transportation service on its Mier-Monterrey pipeline, which would expand capacity to approximately 1.340 billion ft3/d. The expansion project, which would be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017, will consist of the looping of the existing Mier-Monterrey pipeline system from the Mexico-United States border to Huinalá, Nuevo León, Mexico, and a new lateral from Pesquería, Nuevo León, Mexico, to Escobedo, Nuevo León, Mexico.
“We received significant interest from our initial open season on this project as natural gas demand in Mexico continues to increase,” said Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Midstream President Duane Kokinda.
“The proposed looping project utilises and expands upon our existing assets to provide a low-cost option for additional capacity to transport natural gas produced in the US to the growing industrial and power-generating markets in and around Monterrey, Nuevo León.”
KMI subsidiary Kinder Morgan Gas Natural de México S. de R.L. de C.V. owns and operates the 85 mile Mier-Monterrey pipeline, which has been in service since 2003 and stretches from the International Border between the US and Mexico in Starr County, Texas, to Monterrey, Mexico. The pipeline connects to a 1000-megawatt power plant complex and to the Pemex natural gas transportation system.
The open season bid period begins on 13 August 2015, and ends at 5 pm central time on 22 August 2015.
There is more information on the open season here.
Edited from press release by Stephanie Roker