Mexico Prepares To Ramp Up Imports Of US Natural Gas

Houston is benefiting from rising U.S. natural gas exports to Mexico. Those exports are on track to grow significantly over the next few years.


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Last year, U.S. gas exports to Mexico reached nearly 1.7 billion cubic feet per day. That’s still only about half the capacity of existing pipelines. But with demand growing so rapidly, three new pipelines are now in the works.

Karen Hooper is director of analysis for Latin America at geopolitical intelligence firm Stratfor.

“This is going to double or more than double the capacity of the U.S. to export to Mexico. Mexico’s ability to absorb that will probably grow over the years, so the capacity of these pipelines probably won’t equal the amount directly exported to Mexico in those first few years, but it allows for an increase in consumption in the Mexican market for the years to come.”

In addition to the gas exports themselves, Houston has a stake in the pipelines’ construction. Kinder Morgan is currently seeking regulatory approval to build the U.S. portion of the so-called Northwest pipeline, planned to connect Tuscon, Arizona to the Mexican city of Mazatlán.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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