Mexico - Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
There are no LNG liquefaction terminals that exist, are being constructed or are proposed in Mexico at this time.
Mexico has one LNG regasification terminal, Terminal de LNG de Altamira, and seven additional LNG regasification terminal projects that are either under construction or are proposed. In addition to these projects, the completed LNG regasification facility in Altamira may undergo an expansion to be completed in 2012.
One project in particular, Energia Costa Azul, located off the northwest coast of Baja California, south of Tijuana, is being considered as a potential source for importing natural gas into the United States. After a 30 to 60 day delay in the project's completion schedule, this facility is now scheduled to begin operating in the second quarter of 2008.
Terminal GNL de Sonora (Sonora Pacific LNG), located in Puerto Libertad, Sonora, is expected to commence construction early next year, and begin operations in 2010. Approximately 60% of the LNG will be piped to the southwest United States, while the remaining amount will serve Mexico.
Two other proposed LNG regasification facilities on the west coast of Mexico may begin construction relatively soon as well. The first one, located in Topolobampo, in Sinoloa, could start operating as early as 2016, while the second facility, located in Manzanillo, in Colima, has already secured a supply contract and may be operational by 2011.
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