CRE Gives Tidelands Pipeline Permits in LNG Project

Mexico's energy regulator CRE has awarded Terranova Energia, the local subsidiary of US firm Tidelands Oil & Gas Corporation, a permit to start the construction of two natural gas pipelines - Terranova Occidente and Oriente - that are part of a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) re-gasification project in the Gulf of Mexico.

The 149km, 36-inch diameter Terranova Oriente section would run from Tidelands' proposed offshore LNG re-gasification terminal to Norte Puerto Mezquital and from there to the Brasil storage field.

The 323km, 30-inch diameter Terranova Occidente pipeline runs from the Brasil storage field to Nuevo Progreso near Río Bravo in Tamaulipas state. It could connect with a proposed international pipeline crossing into South Texas at the Donna Station and through a different stretch from the Brasil field to Arguelles could connect to another proposed international pipeline.

The two Terranova pipelines are designed to flow natural gas bi-directionally between Texas and Mexico at a rate of 1.2 billion cubic feet a day.

Terranova has already filed for a permit for the underground natural gas storage facility and plans to file for one for the LNG regasification terminal. In the US, Tidelands is in the filing process with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for Texas section of its pipelines.

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