North Baja Gas Pipeline

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North Baja Gas Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline running from Arizona to California. It crosses the Mexican border and becomes the Gasoducto Rosarito pipeline. [1]


The pipeline runs from Ehrenberg, Arizona to Ogilby, California.

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Project Details

  • Operator: TC Energy
  • Current capacity: 600 million cubic feet per day northbound, 500 million cubic feet per day southbound [2]
  • Length: 80 miles / 129 km
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2002


The North Baja Pipeline consists of 80 miles of natural gas pipeline in the U.S. owned by North Baja Pipelines LLC (which is in turn owned by TC PipeLines, LP, a master limited partnership). It connects to 140 miles of pipeline in Mexico owned by Sempra Energy International, called the Gasoducto Rosarito pipeline. There is no co-ownership of the U.S. or Mexican portions of the system, but TC PipeLines, LP and Sempra Energy International have an agreement that defines how the pipeline is operated. The system serves growing energy demand in Baja California, Mexico, and portions of Riverside, Imperial, and San Diego counties in California. Service began on September 1, 2002, with an initial capacity of 200 million cubic feet per day. Completion of the pipeline's 21,000-horsepower compressor station in December of 2002 brought the pipeline's east-to-west capacity to 500 million cubic feet a day in December 2002. Completion of Expansion facilities in April 2008 allowed for reverse flow on the pipeline and for the importation of LNG-sourced gas into the U.S. at Ogilby, California, on the North Baja system. The pipeline begins at an interconnection with El Paso Natural Gas Co. near Ehrenberg, Arizona, traverses southeastern California, crosses the border and heads west across northern Baja California, Mexico, terminating at an interconnection with the Transportadora de Gas Natural (TGN) Pipeline which runs from an interconnect with SDG&E at the US/Mexico border south of San Diego to the Presidente Juarez Power plant in Rosarito, Baja California. Gasoducto Rosarito includes a lateral that connects to the Costa Azul LNG terminal. [1]

Expansion Project Details

  • Operator: TC Energy[3]
  • Current capacity: 450 million cubic feet per day[3]
  • Length: 0 new kilometers / miles[3]
  • Status: Proposed[3]
  • Start Year: 2022[3]

Expansion Project Background

According to the U.S.'s Energy Information Agency (EIA), the expansion is a capacity expansion only, with no additional pipeline length. It will deliver feedstock to the Energia Costa Azul LNG export plant.[3]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Pipeline Facts" TransCanada accessed January 2018
  2. "About North Baja Pipeline LLC" TransCanada accessed January 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Natural Gas Data, Pipeline Projects Energy Information Agency, accessed July 21, 2020

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