U.S. LNG company Sempra Infrastructure and Mexico’s state-owned utility CFE are to jointly develop energy infrastructure projects in Mexico, including the proposed Vista Pacífico LNG project, and the potential development of an LNG terminal in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca.
On 21 July, Sempra Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Sempra, and Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (Comisión Federal de Electricidad, CFE), announced several agreements to advance the joint development of energy infrastructure projects in Mexico.
These include the rerouting of the Guaymas-El Oro pipeline in Sonora, the proposed Vista Pacífico LNG project in Topolobampo, Sinaloa, and the potential development of an LNG terminal in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca.
These new deals establish the framework for a joint venture between the companies to enable the restoration of service provided by the Guaymas-El Oro pipeline.
These agreements also outline the path forward for the Vista Pacífico LNG terminal, including the definition of the project’s configuration to advance engineering and permitting efforts.
In addition, the companies are expanding the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed earlier this year to jointly explore the potential development of an LNG terminal in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca.
These development projects would allow CFE to potentially optimise the use of existing natural gas pipeline systems, provide additional sources of LNG supply for isolated markets in Mexico and continue to expand LNG supplies to the global market.
The agreements reflect Sempra Infrastructure and CFE’s commitment to continue advancing energy infrastructure projects that enhance the region’s energy security.
The agreements for the development of the Vista Pacifico LNG and the proposed LNG project in Salina Cruz are preliminary and non-binding.
These development projects remain subject to a number of commitments to be satisfied, including, as applicable, feasibility studies, reaching definitive customer, construction and partnership agreements, securing all necessary permits, obtaining financing and incentives, receiving respective board approval, and reaching a final investment decision.