Morelos Gas Pipeline

From Global Energy Monitor


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

The Morelos Gas Pipeline is a gas pipeline running through the states of Tlaxcala, Puebla and Morelos, Mexico.[1]


The pipeline starts at a junction with Mexico's national gas pipeline system near Tlaxco municipality, Tlaxcala and runs to the Centro Morelos power station in Huexca, Morelos, Mexico.[1]

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Project Details

  • Owner: Enagás México (50%), Elecnor México (50%)[2][3]
  • Parent company: Enagás (50%), Elecnor (50%)
  • Capacity: 337 MMcf/d[1]
  • Length: 165 km / 102.5 miles[1]
  • Diameter: 30 inches[1]
  • Cost: US $700 million[4]
  • Status: Idle[5]
  • Start Year: 2015[6]
  • Financing:


The Morelos pipeline is part of the US $700 million Proyecto Integral Morelos (PIM), an integrated power project that also comprises the Centro Morelos combined cycle power plant and related infrastructure including a 10-kilometer aqueduct and 20 kilometers of electrical lines connecting the power plant to the Yautepec sub-station. The pipeline is a 50-50 joint venture between the Spanish companies Elecnor y Enagás, while the power plant project was awarded to Spanish energy company Abengoa.[3]

Designed to supply 9.54 million cubic meters per day (337 MMcf/d) of natural gas to the power plant[7], the Morelos pipeline obtained its initial contract to operate in November 2011[2] and received all necessary permits from the Mexican government in September 2012[7], though construction did not begin until 2014 due to persistent local opposition.[4] The pipeline was completed in December 2015[6] and ready for commercial operation in April 2016[1][2], but for the next five years it remained idle due to continued opposition from citizens' groups who warned of the health, environmental and seismic dangers posed by the project. As of early 2021, following a period of testing and with the support of Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the pipeline and its associated power plant seemed poised to begin commercial operations.[8]


The pipeline project has provoked strong local resistance since its inception. Residents along the pipeline's route in the states of Tlaxcala, Puebla, and Morelos have opposed the project for a variety of reasons, including the pipeline's proximity to the active Popocatépetl volcano, its potential to cause environmental damage, and its impact on the livelihood of local agricultural communities.[3][9] In February 2019 local activist Samir Flores Soberanes, who had led opposition to the PIM project for many years, was assassinated outside his home in Amilcingo, Morelos. The environmental group FPDTAMPT (Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra y Agua Morelos, Puebla y Tlaxcala) has blamed the Mexican government for his killing.[10]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "GASODUCTO DE MORELOS, S.A. P.I. DE C.V., Procedimiento de Temporada Abierta: Descripción del Sistema de Transporte (p3)" (PDF). Gasoducto de Morelos. April 11, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "México: ONG exige se aclare la posible participación de empresas españolas en el asesinato de Samir Flores". Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. April 1, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Proyecto Integral Morelos 2019: el gasoducto de la discordia | Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla". BUAP (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla). Retrieved 2020-08-13.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Seleccionan a seis firmas para competir por gasoducto en México". América Economía. October 20, 2014.
  5. "Son 12 gasoductos que generan pérdidas multimillonarias a CFE". Contralínea. February 20, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Estatus de la Infraestructura de Gas Natural" (PDF). SENER (Secretaria de Energía de México). October 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Otorgamiento de Permiso de Transporte de Gas Natural número G/292/TRA/2012". DOF - Diario Oficial de la Federación. September 10, 2012.
  8. "Proyecto Integral Morelos: un monstruo que apenas despierta". Proceso. February 23, 2021.
  9. "Comunidades afectadas por gasoductos mantienen oposición legal". Pie de Página. August 30, 2019.
  10. "Detienen las protestas 4 mil mdp en Huexca". El Sol de Cuernavaca. January 13, 2020.

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