Ramal Empalme Gas Pipeline

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Ramal Empalme Gas Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline in Mexico.[1] The pipeline was completed in 2017 but is currently idle.


The pipeline runs from a junction with the Sásabe-Guaymas Gas Pipeline and the Guaymas-El Oro Pipeline to the Empalme I and Empalme II gas-fired power plants in Empalme, Sonora.[2]

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Project Details

  • Owner: Gasoducto Agua Prieta (IENova)[2][3]
  • Parent Company: Sempra Energy[2][3]
  • Capacity: 226 million cubic feet per day[2][3]
  • Length: 12.5 miles[4] / 20 km[3]
  • Diameter: 24 inches[4]
  • Status: Idle[5]
  • Start Year: 2017[2][3]


In May 2016, IEnova entered into a 21-year natural gas transportation services agreement with the CFE to develop, construct and operate the 12.5-mile Empalme Lateral pipeline. The pipeline, originally estimated to cost $12 million, was scheduled for commissioning in the first half of 2017.[6]

The pipeline was ready to begin commercial operations upon completion of construction in June 2017[3][2] but it has since experienced commissioning delays.[4] As of February 2019 the US $10.8 million project remained idle, having been used only for tests.[5]

Articles and resources


  1. US - Mexico Natural Gas Forum – San Antonio CFE, August 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "0772 CFE: Gasoducto Ramal Empalme – Proyectos México". Proyectos México. Retrieved 2020-08-13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Beyond Energy: Our Sustainability and Financial Report (p 233)" (PDF). IEnova. 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Ongoing Projects, Pipeline News, October 2018
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Son 12 gasoductos que generan pérdidas multimillonarias a CFE — Contralínea". Contralínea. February 20, 2019.
  6. Sempra Energy (SRE) Unit Buys PEMEX's 50% Interest in JV Yahoo Finance, September 29, 2016

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