Vista Pacifico LNG Terminal
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Vista Pacifico LNG Terminal is a proposed LNG terminal in Mexico.
The map below shows the approximate location of the proposed terminal in Topolobampo, Sinaloa, Mexico.
- Owner: Vista Pacifico LNG, a joint venture of Sempra Energy and its subsidiary IEnova
- Location: Topolobampo, northwestern Sinaloa, Mexico
- Coordinates: 25.581941, -109.059196 (approximate)
- Type: Export
- Capacity: 4 mtpa
- Status: Proposed
- Start Year: 2025
Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day
US-based Sempra Energy and its subsidiary IEnova are planning a new LNG production/export terminal in Mexico to produce 4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG in northwestern Sinaloa.
On November 18, 2020, developers submitted an application to the US Department of Energy (DOE), through the joint venture Vista Pacifico LNG, to export 240 Bcf of natural gas from the US to Mexico and re-export about 4 mtpa. The DOE approved Vista Pacífico's application in April 2021. The project is looking to export LNG to both FTA and non-FTA countries. Vista Pacifico is expected to start commercial operations by 2025.
The new LNG terminal will be constructed at the port of Topolobampo, Sinaloa. It will be equipped with one 4-mtpa liquefaction unit, one 180,000-cubic-meter tank, an LNG jetty and other related facilities. Additional LNG liquefaction trains are under-consideration. The developers aim to supply LNG to geographically strategic Asian markets, where LNG demand is expected to rise.
In January 2022, Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Sempra Energy calling for the two companies to jointly develop the Vista Pacífico LNG terminal. The agreement would allow CFE to take advantage of excess pipeline capacity on the Texas-to-Mexico network, including the El Encino-Topolobampo Gas Pipeline; some of the surplus Texas gas would be shipped as LNG to the Pichilingue LNG Terminal, just across the Gulf of California, where it would be regasified to supply CFE's power plants in Baja California Sur. Sempra Energy would use the Vista Pacífico terminal to export lower-cost Permian Basin natural gas to high-demand markets in Asia.
Articles and resources
- Sempra Energy and Partner Planning New LNG Terminal in Mexico, The TEX Report, November 26, 2020
- "Vista Pacifico LNG S.A.P.I de C.V. - FE Dkt. No. - 20-153-LNG". US Department of Energy. February 22, 2022.
- "ORDER GRANTING LONG-TERM AUTHORIZATION TO EXPORT NATURAL GAS TO MEXICO AND TO OTHER FREE TRADE AGREEMENT NATIONS" (PDF). US Dept of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy. April 9, 2021.
- "La Comisión Federal De Electricidad y Sempra Infraestructura Firman Acuerdo de Entendimiento para el Desarrollo de Proyectos Trascendentes para el Suministro de Gas Natural". Sempra Infraestructura. January 31, 2022.
- "Biden prioriza acuerdos ambientales antes de aprobar gas natural para el Golfo de California". El Independiente Baja California Sur. March 1, 2021.
- "New Infrastructure Opportunity on Pacific Coast". Sempra Energy. January 31, 2022.