TransCanada has a strong relationship with Mexico dating back more than two decades, and our presence is growing as we continue to demonstrate our commitment to Mexico in its efforts to develop an energy infrastructure.
TransCanada built, owns and operates the Naranjos – Tamazunchale and Manzanillo-Guadalajara natural gas pipelines, with a recent extension to the Tamazunchale pipeline. The new US$600 million 240 kilometer (149 mile) extension put TransCanada’s engineers to the test as they designed and constructed a large diameter pipeline through remote mountainous and archeologically sensitive regions. The Tamazunchale extension links an LNG terminal and natural gas supplies from the east coast of Mexico and U.S. to key power facilities in Tamazunchale.
Very specialized techniques were required, and safety procedures were critical.
TransCanada Vice President of Mexico Projects, Norrie Ramsay, says challenging terrain at times necessitated the use of innovative procedures like boring through a mountain with a 670-meter micro tunnel and using a cable crane system to install the pipeline on a steep mountainous slope. The alternative would have been a significant amount of blasting and other more traditional techniques to work with the mountain cap. This is the first time TransCanada has done this anywhere in the world.
This two minute video highlights the technical and operational challenges facing those who designed and built the Tamazunchale extension pipeline in Mexico.
We’ve demonstrated a new technique that can be used elsewhere in the country, as well as in other projects were constructing back in Canada. In fact, our construction teams from other regions have come to Mexico to learn from this project so we can apply these techniques to build pipelines in the mountainous terrain of Northern BC.
Our expertise in constructing large infrastructure energy projects in sometimes rugged terrain, and operating safe, reliable, natural gas pipelines and electric generation assets, positions us well to continue to support Mexico’s energy infrastructure requirements.