Baja Pipeline Approved

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave final approval to the U.S. segment of the North Baja Pipeline project that will bring natural gas from Mexico to fuel electric generating plants in southern California and northern Mexico.

The $230 million pipeline will be operated by an international subsidiary of Sempra Energy, PG&E Corp. and Proxima Gas S.A. de .V.

The 215-mile pipeline would have the capacity to carry up to 500 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. FERC gave final approval for the project after determining the pipeline would not harm the environment. The 135-mile Mexican segment of the project was approved by Mexico in December 2000.