Nueva Era Pipeline

From Global Energy Monitor


This article is part of the Global Fossil Infrastructure Tracker, a project of Global Energy Monitor.

Nueva Era Pipeline is an international natural gas pipeline running from Texas, USA to Nuevo León, Mexico.[1] The 17-mile section on the US side of the border is alternately known as the Impulsora Pipeline.[2]


The pipeline runs from from Howard Energy Partners' hub in Webb County, Texas, USA to the Monterrey metropolitan area in Nuevo León, Mexico[3][4], where it supplies gas-fired power stations including CFE's Huinalá and Noreste (Escobedo) combined cycle plants.[5]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Nueva Era Pipeline
  • Owner: Howard Energy (50%), Grupo Clisa (50%)[6][7]
  • Capacity: 600 million cubic feet per day[8][9]
  • Length: 302 kilometers / 188 miles[5]
  • Diameter: 30 inches[5][7]
  • Status: Operating
  • Cost: US$500 million[10]
  • Start Year: 2018[5]
  • Financing: US$353 million debt financing provided by MUFG, Santander, Caixa Bank, Société Générale and Sumitomo Mitsui[11]


Nueva Era is a 50-50 joint venture between Howard Energy Partners (HEP) and Grupo Clisa[6], designed to supply Mexico's growing natural gas market with gas from Texas.[4][12][13] The pipeline is a key component of Howard Energy's planned "AguaRey" corridor, which is slated to connect the South Texan hub of Agua Dulce with Monterrey.[4][14]

The pipeline originates at the HEP Webb County Hub and transports gas to an international border crossing between the United States in Webb County, Texas, and Mexico in the vicinity of Colombia, State of Nuevo Leon. Impulsora, a subsidiary that operates the pipeline, received its Presidential Permit on May 14, 2015, to construct, operate and maintain border-crossing facilities.[3]

The 30-inch pipeline runs for 27 km (17 miles) on the Texas side of the border before crossing into Mexico and running another 275 km south. Near the northern outskirts of Monterrey, Nuevo León, the pipeline splits in two, with one branch continuing southwest to the Noreste combined cycle power station in Escobedo and the other heading southeast to the Huinalá combined cycle power station in Pesquería.[3][5] The pipeline was commissioned in June 2018.[5][15]

According to the U.S.'s Energy Information Administration (EIA), the pipeline's anchor shipper is CFE (506 MMcf/d), and the design capacity is not expected to be reached.[16]

In February 2021, the pipeline stopped flowing from Texas temporarily due to extreme cold and blackouts.[17]


In November 2016, the project received US$353 million in debt financing from MUFG, Santander, Caixa Bank, Société Générale and Sumitomo Mitsui[11]

An additional US$40 million loan was provided by MUFG in January 2018[18] and a further US$505 million in debt was raised for the project in July 2018 by MUFG and Société Générale[19]

Articles and resources


  1. Nueva Era, RBN Energy, accessed October 2018
  2. "Howard Energy Partners begins final tests on cross-border pipeline". San Antonio Business Journal. June 6, 2018. Retrieved 2021-06-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Sistema Nueva Era - Gasoducto Midstream de México". Howard Energy. Retrieved 2021-04-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Carolyn Davis, HEP’s WahaRey, AguaRey Pipelines to Link Texas Natural Gas to Monterrey Energy Corridor, Natural Gas Intel, June 25, 2018
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 "Impulsora Pipeline inicia inyección de gas a Nueva Era". El Financiero. June 13, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Howard Midstream Partners LP: Amendment No. 2 to Form S-1 Registration Statement". United States Securities & Exchange Commission. September 30, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Howard Energy Partners announces successful open season on Nueva Era Pipeline" (PDF). Howard Energy Partners. August 12, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "El gasoducto Nueva Era va al 80 por ciento de su construcción". El Financiero. January 16, 2018.
  9. "Gasoducto Nueva Era pipeline spread 2". Proyectos del Golfo. Retrieved 2021-04-15.
  10. Asset Data, IJGlobal, accessed Aug. 27, 2020
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Nueva Era Gas Pipeline", IJGlobal, accessed Jul. 30, 2020
  12. "Growth: Diversified Assets – Nueva Era". Howard Energy. Retrieved 2021-06-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "International Trade Corridor Plan" (PDF). Texas Department of Transportation. 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. Erica Jackson, National Energy and Petrochemical Map , FracTracker Alliance, February 28, 2020
  15. "Nueva Era pipeline system begins commercial service, boosting US-to-Mexico gas supplies". S&P Global Platts. July 2, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. Natural Gas Data, Pipeline Projects Energy Information Agency, accessed July 21, 2020
  17. "Texas' Gas-Export Clampdown Shocks Market as Blackouts Ebb". Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  18. "Nueva Era Gas Pipeline Additional Facility", IJGlobal, accessed Aug. 18, 2020.
  19. "Nueva Era Gas Pipeline (318.6KM) Refinancing 2018", IJGlobal, accessed Aug. 18, 2020.

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