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FERC staff clears Kinder Morgan project to expand gas exports to Mexico

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff conducting an environmental review cleared a Kinder Morgan Inc.-led project for up to 323,000 Dth/d of additional capacity for gas exports to northwestern Mexico markets.

In a June 13 environmental assessment, FERC staff found that the Sierrita Compressor Expansion project would not have a sizable impact on the environment if the developer follows mitigation measures. The project, consisting of a new compressor station, an additional gas meter at the San Joaquin meter station and relocation of other equipment, would increase the capacity of border facilities in Pima County, Ariz.

Sierrita Gas Pipeline LLC submitted an application for the project Dec. 21, 2017.

The pipeline interconnects with facilities owned by Mexican gas company Gasoducto de Aguaprieta S. de RL de CV and a pipeline that provides transportation service to expanding markets in northwestern Mexico. Sierrita agreed with a unit of Mexico's Comisión Federal de Electricidad on a long-term transportation service agreement that would go for about 20 years. (FERC docket CP13-74)

Sierrita is a joint venture of Kinder Morgan and subsidiaries of Petroleos Mexicanos Internacional and Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (FERC docket CP18-37)