TRANSCANADA COMMISSIONS TOPOLOBAMPO GAS PIPELINE
TransCanada Corporation announced the commissioning of its Topolobampo gas pipeline project in northern Mexico, with a capacity of 670 million cubic feet of gas daily in the markets of Chihuahua and Sinaloa. The project represents an investment of approximately US $ 1.2 billion and will be connected upstream to the company’s Mazatlan Pipeline.
The project involved the construction of approximately 560 kilometers (348 miles) of a 76 cm (30 inch) diameter pipeline between El Encino near Chihuahua City and Topolobampo near the town of Los Mochis. Sinaloa. Together, the Topolobampo and Mazatlan Pipelines form a network that adds more than 870 kilometers (540 miles) of critical energy infrastructure that will play a critical role in providing natural gas to power plants, as well as industrial and urban markets for development. Mexico’s northwestern region.
The construction of the Topolobampo pipeline presented some of the country’s greatest construction challenges, given the geography along the route, including the crossing of the Tarahumara mountain range near Copper Canyon in Chihuahua State. TransCanada used innovative techniques, such as raised boreholes, to traverse extremely steep cliff walls, and flying cranes to transport pipes to isolated locations on the route.
During construction, the project mobilized nearly 3,500 employees and subcontractors, who spent more than 10 million person-hours without any lost-time incidents. Throughout the project, TransCanada has worked closely with landowners and local representatives to ensure they play an important role in the development and construction process. This project was one of the first in Mexico to include federal Aboriginal consultation with affected communities.
TransCanada’s presence in Mexico dates back to the mid-1990s with the construction of the country’s first two private pipelines. The Company’s pipeline in Mexico, operating or under construction, now spans more than 3,190 kilometers (1,982 miles) with a capacity of 7.1 billion cubic feet per day and represents an investment of approximately 5.6 billion US dollars. (Source abd image: Transcanada)
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