Sásabe-Guaymas Gas Pipeline

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The Sásabe-Guaymas Gas Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline in Mexico.[1] Together with the adjoining Guaymas-El Oro Pipeline, it is also known as the Sonora pipeline or Gasoducto Sonora.[2][3]

Location

The pipeline runs north-south through Mexico's Sonora state, starting at Sásabe on the Arizona-Sonora border, reaching Mexico's Pacific coast at Puerto Libertad, and continuing south to the coastal city of Guaymas, where it links up with the Guaymas-El Oro pipeline.[4]

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Project Details

  • Operator: IEnova[3]
  • Parent Company: Sempra Energy[3]
  • Current capacity: 770 million cubic feet per day[3]
  • Length: 314 miles / 505 km[3]
  • Diameter: 36 inches[2][3]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2017[5]

Background

The pipeline is operated by IEnova and owned by Sempra Energy. Construction of the pipeline's first section between Sásabe and Puerto Libertad was completed in December 2014, and the second section from Puerto Libertad to Guaymas was finished in December 2015.[6] The pipeline began commercial operations in August 2017.[5]

Opposition

The Sásabe-Guaymas Gas Pipeline and the connecting Guaymas-El Oro pipeline have generated opposition from an indigenous Yaqui group in Loma de Bácum, Sonora state, whose members say they never agreed to construction of a nine-mile section of pipeline that crosses their land. In an August 2017 protest, members of the community used a backhoe to remove a 25-foot section of the Guaymas-El Oro pipeline, disrupting operations and perpetuating an ongoing legal battle with IEnova.[7][8]

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References

  1. Subieron la luz y la gasolina, pero en CFE y Pemex siguen las pérdidas, La Opinión de Poza Rica, March 2, 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Informe Anual Financiero 2013 (p 36)". IEnova. April 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Beyond Energy: Our Sustainability and Financial Report (p 232)"" (PDF). IEnova. 2019.
  4. "Estatus de la Infraestructura de Gas Natural" (PDF). SENER (Secretaría de Energía). October 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "IEnova anuncia nuevos proyectos". Real Estate Market & Lifestyle. August 17, 2017.
  6. "Estatus de la Infraestructura de Gas Natural (pp 8-9)" (PDF). SENER (Secretaría de Energía de México). October 2019.
  7. "Protesters Turn to Vandalism to Delay IEnova’s Mexico NatGas Pipeline,", Natural Gas Intel, December 26, 2017
  8. "Problems in the pipeline for Sempra's subsidiary in Mexico,", San Diego Union-Tribune, February 7, 2018

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