Energia Mayakan Pipeline

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The Energia Mayakan Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline in Mexico.[1]


The pipeline runs from the Pemex natural gas processing center in Nuevo Pemex (Tabasco state) to power plants in Mérida and Valladolid (Yucatan state), passing en route through the Macuspana CS1 station near Ciudad Pemex, Tabasco and the CS2 compression station near Champoton, Campeche. [1][2][3] The proposed expansion would continue the pipeline from Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico to Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico.[4]

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Project Details


The pipeline is owned and operated by Engie, in partnership with GE Capital and the specialist energy investment fund EXI CKD.[3] The original pipeline measured 700 km (435 miles) and cost US$266 million to develop.[1] Between 2015 and 2016, in response to growing natural gas demand on the Yucatán Peninsula, the company invested US$154 million to extend the pipeline an additional 80 km (50 miles).[4]

Power plants supplied by the Energía Mayakan pipeline include the Mérida III and Mérida 4 power stations in Mérida, and the Valladolid III and Felipe Carrillo Puerto power stations in Valladolid.[9]

Expansion Location

A proposed expansion would continue the pipeline 99 miles from Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico to Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico.[8]

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Phase I

  • Parent Company: Engie (67.5%)[6], GE Capital and Mexico Infrastructure Partners (EXI CKD) (32.5%)[3]
  • Proposed capacity: 100 million cubic feet per day[7]
  • Length: 99 miles / 159 kilometers[8]
  • Status: Proposed
  • Start Year: 2026[10]

Phase II

  • Parent Company: Engie (67.5%)[6], GE Capital and Mexico Infrastructure Partners (EXI CKD) (32.5%)[3]
  • Proposed capacity: 317 million cubic feet per day[7][11]
  • Current Length: 700 km[11]
  • Status: Proposed[11]
  • Start year: 2026[10]

Expansion Background

The proposed US$300 million Phase I expansion, also known as Cuxtal-Mayakan Phase II[7][12], would extend the pipeline by 99 miles (159 km) from Valladolid into the province of Quintana Roo.[8] The Phase I expansion, originally scheduled for completion by 2020, would increase the transport capacity of the Energía Mayakan pipeline and the adjacent Cuxtal Gas Pipeline to 350 mmcf/d.[7]

An additional expansion phase, known as Mayakan expansion Phase II or Cuxtal-Mayakan Phase III[12], would increase capacity of both pipelines to 550 mmcf/d. The Phase II expansion was originally scheduled for completion by 2022.[7]

As of July 2022, there had been no further development of either expansion plan.[13] However, Engie's 2021 Annual Financial Report, together with a May 2022 interview with Engie's COO Ana Laura Ludlow, confirmed that the company remained committed to expanding the Mayakan pipeline, pending approval from Mexico's CFE (Mexico's federal electricity commission).[5][14]

Between November 2022 and January 2023, multiple sources including CFE confirmed that the extension of the pipeline to Cancún would take place.[10][15] At the same time, Engie and CFE announced new plans for additional capacity expansion of the existing 780-kilometer Mayakan pipeline, designed to take advantage of interconnection potential with the new Southeast Gateway Gas Pipeline and ensure sufficient gas supply to customers throughout the Yucatán, including the soon-to-be-completed Mérida and Valladolid power stations.[10][15][16] Increased capacity along the existing 780-kilometer stretch between Nuevo Pemex and Valladolid was to be achieved by construction of a supplemental pipeline running parallel to the existing one.[16] CFE stated that the Mérida and Valladolid power stations would begin receiving gas from the expanded pipeline by May 2025, followed by all other power plants in the region by December 2026.[10] CFE also confimed that the pipeline extension to Cancún would happen "in the medium term," but without specifying a date.[10] None of the announcements specified the exact increase in capacity associated with the proposed expansions.

In May 2024, CFE and Engie signed an agreement for the US$2 billion expansion. This includes constructing over 700 km of new pipeline and would increase the capacity of the original line from 250 MMcf/d to 567 MMcf/d. This is presumed to be Phase II of the expansion projects.[11]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 TransCanada completes 700 km Energia Mayakan natural gas pipeline, Alexander's Gas and Oil Connections, Sep. 24, 1999
  2. "Presentación" (PDF). Energía Mayakan, S. de R.L. de C.V.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Pipeline project to relieve Yucatan Peninsula gas shortages". S&P Global / Platts. February 4, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Energía MAYAKAN". Energía Mayakan website. Retrieved 2020-07-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Engie Sees 'Incredible Development Potential' in Mexican Southeast Region, COO Says". NGI (Natural Gas Intelligence). May 20, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "More Natural Gas on the Way to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula for Cleaner Power Generation from GDF SUEZ-GE Mayakan Pipeline | GE News". www.ge.com. Retrieved 2022-07-26.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 TC, IEnova complete Texas-Mexico gas export line, Argus Media, Jun. 11, 2019
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 ENGIE to Expand Mexican Natural Gas Pipeline, Pipeline & Gas Journal, Jun. 8, 2017
  9. "Ampliación de Infraestructura para Atender la Demanda de Energía Eléctrica en la Península de Yucatán" (PDF). CFE / Engie. February 1, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 "Infraestructura Eléctrica y Gas Natural para la Península de Yucatán". Portal CFE. January 30, 2023. Retrieved 2023-07-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 "https://mexicobusiness.news/energy/news/cfe-engie-sign-agreement-expand-mayakan-gas-pipeline". {{cite web}}: External link in |title= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Gasoducto Cuxtal: gas natural a la región y posible baja de precios de electricidad". Energía Hoy. February 6, 2020. {{cite news}}: no-break space character in |title= at position 30 (help)
  13. "El sureste y el innecesario derroche". SDP Noticias. July 4, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. "Universal Registration Document 2021" (PDF). Engie. March 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. 15.0 15.1 "CFE y la francesa Engie firman convenio para ampliar el gasoducto Mayakan en el Sureste". El Economista. November 28, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Exclusiva: Engie construirá gasoducto paralelo a Mayakan para plantas de CFE en Yucatán". Bloomberg Línea. December 5, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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