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Enbridge's Valley Crossing asks for more time to finish border pipeline

Valley Crossing Pipeline LLC asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for additional time to finish a border-crossing pipeline that will export up to 2.6 Bcf/d of natural gas to Mexican customers.

The Enbridge Inc. unit requested an additional six months for the project, which would consist of about 1,000 feet of 42-inch diameter line running through part of the Gulf of Mexico from a point near Cameron County, Texas, to the U.S.-Mexico border in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The commission initially ordered the project to be ready for service by Oct. 23. If FERC approves the extension, the new deadline would be April 23, 2019.

Before entering service, the pipeline must complete hydrostatic testing with a receiving pipeline in Mexico, "which contemplates a different construction schedule," according to the Sept. 7 letter from Valley Crossing. The developer also pointed to unpredictable sea conditions in the Gulf region, which cause uncertainty in predicting the date when final work on the border facilities will finish.

FERC authorized the project in October 2017 and approved construction in March, and Valley Crossing started work in July. The pipeline would connect an intrastate pipeline system in Texas to power plants in Mexico. (FERC docket CP17-19)