PG&E Delays North Baja Open Season Deadline to June 30

US company Pacific Gas & Energy (PG&E) has delayed the date for interested companies to submit requests for volumes on the North Baja gas pipeline open season to June 30 from May 19, according to company information. The deadline was postponed because of requests by interested companies for clarification of certain details of the open season rules, Gasoducto Bajanorte gas transportation manager David Lozano told BNamericas.

PG&E is managing the open season for the North Baja Pipeline System, which consists of PG&E's North Baja Pipeline from Ehrenburg, Arizona to the US-Mexico border, and US energy company Sempra's Gasoducto Bajanorte pipeline from there to Sempra's TGN pipeline near Tijuana. The open season will gauge demand for expanding and reversing the flow of the North Baja Pipeline System, which presently delivers gas to Mexico but could switch direction because of the influx of regasified liquefied natural gas (LNG) expected in Baja California from 2006.

Companies developing LNG projects in northwest Mexico, including Sempra, Marathon and Shell, are looking to supply the US market as well as Mexican market, and for those interested in the market north of the border, transport is a key issue. The open season has attracted a "fair amount of interest, certainly from the six known LNG terminal developers on the North Baja coast as well as a few others that I'm not at liberty to talk about," PG&E's North Baja pipeline account director Jim Schoene told BNamericas.

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