Jáltipan-Salina Cruz Gas Pipeline

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Jáltipan-Salina Cruz Gas Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline in the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca, Mexico, transporting gas from the Gulf of Mexico to Mexico's Pacific coast.[1][2]


The pipeline runs from Jáltipan, Veracruz to Salina Cruz, Oaxaca.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Cenagas[1]
  • Parent Company: Cenagas
  • Current capacity: 90 million cubic feet per day[1]
  • Proposed capacity:
  • Length: 153 mi / 247 km[1]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2014[1]


Operated by Cenagas, the 12-inch pipeline originally transported LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), but in 2014 it was rehabilitated for use as a natural gas pipeline.[1][2][3]

Project Expansion Details

  • Operator: Cenagas
  • Parent Company: Cenagas
  • Proposed capacity: 320 million cubic feet per day[4]
  • Length: 153 mi/ 247 km
  • Status: Proposed
  • Start Year: 2024[4][5]

Proposed Expansion

In 2015, Mexico's Secretariat of Energy released a five-year plan calling for a US$643 million expansion of the Jáltipan-Salina Cruz gas pipeline.[6] The plan's most recent revision, released in 2020, calls for the pipeline expansion to have a capacity of 320 million cubic feet per day, with an estimated investment of US$435 million, and a three- to four-year development window.[4] Other recent Mexican government reports indicate that the project's completion date is 'to be determined.'[7]

In October 2020, Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced 39 projects designed to revive the Mexican economy in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, including resumption of the Jaltipán-Salina Cruz Pipeline expansion. The expanded pipeline would carry natural gas to the proposed Salina Cruz LNG Terminal, where gas would be liquefied for export to Asian markets, while also supplying the existing Salina Cruz refinery, the proposed 812 MW Cogeneración Salina Cruz power station, a deep draft port capable of serving large oil tankers in Salinas del Marqués, and 10 industrial parks along the Corredor Interoceánico, a rehabilitated railway corridor scheduled for completion in 2023 that would cross the Isthmus de Tehuantepec from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.[8][9][10]


Residents of several communities in the pipeline's path have staged protests against the project, citing concerns about hazardous materials leaks and poor communication from the pipeline's operators.[11] Following the Mexican government's October 2020 confirmation of plans for significant expansion of the pipeline, Carlos Beas Torres of the indigenous rights group Ucizoni (Union of Indigenous Groups of the Northern Isthmus) promised that local communities would demand environmental impact assessments, payment for rights of way, and consultations as required by the United Nations.[8]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Proyecto 0037: Gasoducto Jáltipan – Salina Cruz (Corredor Interoceánico)" (PDF). Proyectos México. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Proyecto Jáltipan - Salina Cruz, Gobierno de México, accessed March 2021
  3. "Resolución No. Res/370/2013" (PDF). Comisión Reguladora de Energía. September 12, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Segundo Plan Quinquenal de Expansión del Sistema de Transporte y Almacenamiento Nacional Integrado de Gas Natural 2020-2024 (p 39)" (PDF). SENER (Secretaría de Energía de México). November 11, 2020.
  5. "U.S. natural gas exports to Mexico set to rise with completion of the Wahalajara system - Today in Energy". U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). July 6, 2020.
  6. "Plan Quinquenal de Expansión del Sistema de Transporte y Almacenamiento Nacional Integrado de Gas Natural 2015-2019" (PDF). SENER - Secretaría de Energía. 2017.
  7. "Estatus de la Infraestructura de Gas Natural" (PDF). SENER - Secretaria de Energía de México. October 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "La 4T revive el proyecto gasero que Peña Nieto dejó inconcluso en el Istmo; advierten resistencias". El Universal Oaxaca. October 14, 2020.
  9. "Mapa interactivo: Corredor del Istmo de Tehuantepec". PODER (Proyecto sobre Organización, Desarrollo, Educación e Investigación). Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  10. "Corredor Interoceánico del Istmo operaría en 2023". T21. June 8, 2020.
  11. "Protestan contra construcción de gasoducto en Salina Cruz". Quadratin. September 26, 2014.

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