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LatinNews Daily - 17 July 2018

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In brief: Mexico

*Canada’s TransCanada, an energy company that develops and operates energy infrastructure in North America, has announced that its Topolobampo pipeline project has been brought into service in northern Mexico, providing capacity for 670m cubic feet of natural gas per day to transported to markets in the states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa. A TransCanada press release notes that the project, which involved the construction of approximately 560km of 30-inch diameter pipeline from El Encino, near Chihuahua city to Topolobampo, near Los Mochis city, Sinaloa, represents an investment of approximately US$1.2bn and provides the upstream interconnection with the company’s Mazatlan pipeline. Combined, the Topolobampo and Mazatlan pipelines form a system that adds over 870km of energy infrastructure that “will play a fundamental role in providing natural gas to power plants, industrial and urban markets for the economic development of the northwest region of Mexico”. The press release notes that TransCanada’s presence in Mexico dates back to the mid-1990s with the construction of the first two privately-owned pipelines in the country. The company’s natural gas pipelines in Mexico – either in operation or under construction – now total over 3,190km with a capacity of 7.1bn cubic feet per day and an investment of approximately US$5.6bn.