La Laguna-Aguascalientes Natural Gas Pipeline

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La Laguna-Aguascalientes Natural Gas Pipeline, also known as the LL-AGC Pipeline or Gasoducto La Laguna-Aguascalientes, is a natural gas pipeline in Mexico.[1]


The pipeline runs from the La Laguna compressor station near Ciudad Lerdo, Durango to Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, passing through the Mexican states of Durango, Zacatecas and Aguascalientes.[2][3]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Fermaca[4]
  • Current capacity: 1,319 million cubic feet per day[5]
  • Length: 281 mi[6] / 453 km[5]
  • Diameter: 48 inches
  • Status: Operating
  • Financing: US$737 million debt financing from ING, Santander, Mizuho, Intesa Sanpaolo, Natixis, NordLB, KfW, BNP Paribas and Banco Sabadell; US$115.2 million equity financing from Fermaca[7]
  • Start Year: 2019[4][5]


The pipeline is owned and operated by Fermaca[4] and came online in December 2019.[6] It is the widest pipeline constructed in Mexico since the 1970s[5], with a diameter of 48 inches.[8]

The La Laguna-Aguascalientes pipeline is a key component of the Wahalajara pipeline network, which brings natural gas from Texas to Mexico.[9] The Wahalajara system is named after the Waha oil field in Pecos County, Texas and the Mexican city of Guadalajara, which form the northern and southern extremities of the pipeline network. From north to south, the other pipelines included in the Wahalajara network are the Trans-Pecos Gas Pipeline (completed in 2017), the Ojinaga-El Encino Gas Pipeline (2017), the El Encino-La Laguna Gas Pipeline (2018), and the Villa de Reyes-Aguascalientes-Guadalajara Gas Pipeline (2020).[10]


In 2018, farmers in the community of Santiaguillo (Zacatecas state) blocked construction of the pipeline, complaining about inadequate compensation from the pipeline's builders and accusing local leaders of accepting corporate bribes in exchange for granting a 30-year right of way under unfavorable terms.[11]


In October 2016 the project received US$737 million in debt financing from ING, Santander, Mizuho, Intesa Sanpaolo, Natixis, NordLB, KfW, BNP Paribas and Banco Sabadell. Fermaca made an equity investment of US$115.2 million.[7]

Articles and resources


  1. US - Mexico Natural Gas Forum – San Antonio CFE, August 2017
  2. "Estatus de la Infraestructura de Gas Natural" (PDF). SENER (Secretaria de Energía de México). October 2019.
  3. "0771 CFE: Gasoducto La Laguna–Aguascalientes: Geolocalización". Proyectos México. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "About Us – Our History". Fermaca. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Fermaca inicia operación de gasoducto tras disputa con CFE • Forbes México". Forbes México. December 10, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Mexico's Fermaca Starts Operations on 1.3 Bcf/d La Laguna-Aguascalientes Pipeline". Natural Gas Intelligence. December 11, 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 La Laguna – Aguascalientes Gas Pipeline (450KM), IJ Global, accessed Aug. 18, 2020
  8. EPC LA LAGUNA - AGUASCALIENTES PIPELINE, Sicim, accessed October 2018
  9. Andrew Baker, Outlook Said ‘Excellent’ For United States-Mexico Natural Gas Exports Natural Gas Intel, October 7, 2019
  11. "La Jornada: Bloquean ejidatarios las obras de un gasoducto en Zacatecas". La Jornada. August 20, 2018.

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