Sierrita Gas Pipeline

Sierrita System Expansion, Additional Compression Planned

On Jan. 19, 2016, Sierrita Gas Pipeline LLC (Sierrita) announced details of a planned expansion and development of compression facilities on the Sierrita pipeline, which was placed in service on Oct. 31, 2014. The approximately 60-mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline currently provides 200,846 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of firm transportation capacity and extends from Kinder Morgan, Inc.’s El Paso Natural Gas south mainlines, near Tucson, Arizona, to the United States-Mexico border near Sasabe, Arizona.

In response to expressions of interest, Sierrita conducted an open season for expansion capacity. The open season closed on Oct. 5, 2015. Sierrita received a binding bid from Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and awarded to CFE a minimum expansion volume of 230,254 Dth/d by April 2020 for a term of approximately 19.5 years. CFE can elect to increase the expansion capacity to 309,154 Dth/d by providing notice to Sierrita no later than Feb. 29, 2016. In order to facilitate the expansion service, Sierrita is planning to install a new 16,000-21,000 horsepower compressor station and undertake modifications to existing meter station facilities. The pipeline’s current design capacity is fully subscribed under a 25-year firm transportation agreement with CFE. Depending on CFE’s final volume election, the revised firm transportation capacity of the pipeline will be 431,100 Dth/d or 510,000 Dth/d, after commissioning of expansion facilities.

The Sierrita project was built in partnership with Kinder Morgan Operating L.P. “A”, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc., MGI Enterprises US LLC, a wholly owned affiliate of Pemex Transformación Industrial, a subsidiary of Petróleos Mexicanos, the Mexican state-owned oil and gas company, and MIT Pipeline Investment Americas, Inc., a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. The Sierrita Pipeline interconnects with an existing natural gas pipeline in Mexico owned by IENova.

Contacts:

Business Development:

  • Greg Ruben, VP Business Development (719) 520-4870

Business Development - Projects:

  • Laine Lobban (719) 520-4344
  • Tony Sanabria (719) 667-7582
  • Ken Ulrich (719) 520-3712

Business Development - Interconnects:

  • Kim Wetzel (719) 520-4552

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1087
Colorado Springs, CO 80944

Street Address:

2 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Fax Number:

(719) 520-3792

Gas Control or Pipeline Emergencies:

800-334-8047

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