Cuxtal Gas Pipeline

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Cuxtal Gas Pipeline is gas pipeline under construction in the states of Tabasco and Chiapas, Mexico.


The pipeline runs from the Nuevo Pemex processing center in Tabasco state, Mexico to the Cactus processing center in Chiapas, Mexico.[1][2]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Engie[1]
  • Parent company: Engie
  • Capacity: 240 MMcf/d[3]
  • Length: 16 km / 10 miles[1][2]
  • Diameter: 36 inches[4]
  • Cost: US $25 million[2]
  • Status: Construction
  • Start Year: 2021[3]
  • Financing:


The Cuxtal gas pipeline is a 16-kilometer (10-mile) spur pipeline connecting the Energia Mayakan Pipeline with Mexico's national Sistrangas pipeline system.[5] The pipeline will bring gas from the United States to the Yucatán peninsula, a region that has long suffered from some of Mexico's highest energy prices. The American natural gas, originating in Texas's Permian Basin, will initially reach Mexico via the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan Pipeline.[6]

Construction of the US$ 25 million project began in January 2020, with an anticipated completion date of August.[7] As of June 2020, the pipeline was already 80% complete, according to a report from Mexico's SENER (Secretary of Energy.[8] Mexico's natural gas agency Cenagas announced that construction was completed in September of the same year, with pre-operational tests beginning immediately thereafter. As of October 2020, neither Cenagas nor project owner Engie had announced a firm commissioning date.[3]

The first phase of the Cuxtal Gas Pipeline is intended to connect with the Mayakan Pipeline, while the second phase will move gas to the Cancun area.[9]

Proposed Expansion of Capacity

A proposed two-phase expansion of the adjacent Energía Mayakan pipeline, aimed at supplying natural gas to the new Riviera Maya power plant in Quintana Roo, would increase capacity of the Cuxtal-Mayakan pipeline system to at least 500 MMcf/d. Phases I and II of the Energía Mayakan expansion project (also known as Cuxtal-Mayakan expansion Phase II and Phase III) are expected to take two to three years to complete.[10]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Pipeline project to relieve Yucatan Peninsula gas shortages | S&P Global Platts". S&P Global / Platts. February 4, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Beneficiará a sureste gasoducto Cuxtal I". El Norte. February 5, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Alistan operación del gasoducto Cuxtal l". Reforma. October 2, 2020.
  4. "Anuncian gasoducto Cuxtal-Mayakán de ENGIE". Energía y Debate. January 31, 2020.
  5. Arturo Solís (January 31, 2020). "Engie invertirá 500 mdp en gasoducto para Península de Yucatán". Negocios • Forbes México.
  6. "Cuxtal interconnection unlikely to solve Yucatán's gas dilemma". BNamericas. June 8, 2020.
  7. "Inicia en Chiapas construcción de gasoducto Cuxtal 1 de Pemex". La Jornada. January 31, 2020.
  8. "Segundo Informe de Labores (p 54)" (PDF). SENER (Secretaría de Energía). September 1, 2020.
  9. "Gas Pipeline To Yucatan Region To Ease Gas Shortages | Pipeline Technology Journal". Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  10. "Gasoducto Cuxtal: gas natural a la región y posible baja de precios de electricidad". Energía Hoy. February 6, 2020.

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