The government of Mexico, though the Comisión Federal de Electricidad, has launched a tender process to develop the Samalayuca – Sasabe pipeline project.
Samalayuca – Sasabe pipeline will transport natural gas from Waha, Texas to Mexico. It will supply natural gas to CFE’s new power generation plants in the States of Chihuahua and Sonora, as well as the North and Northwest regions.
The project comprises the design, engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of a pipeline with capacity of 550 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD). The pipeline will have 528 kilometers long and a 36-inch diameter.
The total project investment is estimated at US$916 million.
The new pipeline will be interconnected to Sasabe – Guaymas pipeline, currently under construction, and to San Isidro – Samalayuca pipeline, currently under bidding process. This system will supply natural gas to new power generation plants, as well as those currently operating with fuel oil which will be converted to use natural gas as their base fuel.
The estimated project implementation time is 30 months. Interested parties must submit their proposals on or before 24 July 2015. The project is scheduled to be awarded in August this year.