El Oro-Mazatlan Pipeline

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El Oro-Mazatlán Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline in Sinaloa state, Mexico.


The pipeline runs from El Oro to Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico, passing through El Fuerte, Sinaloa de Leyva, Guasave, Salvador Alvarado, Angostura, Mocorito, Navolato, Culiacán, Elota, and San Ignacio en route.[1]

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Project Details

  • Operator: TransCanada México
  • Parent Company: TransCanada Corporation
  • Current capacity: 2.1 billion cubic meters per year
  • Proposed capacity:
  • Length: 267 miles / 430 km
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2016


In 2012, pipeline operator TransCanada signed a 25-year contract with Mexico's Comisión Federal de Electricidad to build, own, and operate the $393 million El Oro-Mazatlán project. Construction of the pipeline started in 2013 and was completed in 2016. The pipeline runs north-south parallel to Mexico's Pacific coast, intersecting at its northern end with TransCanada's El Encino Topolobampo Gas Pipeline. Together these two pipelines form the El Encino-Mazatlán system, a key component of Mexico's north-northwest pipeline system.[2][3][4][5] Gas supplied by the pipeline will fuel the Jose Aceves Pozos power plant in Mazatlán along with the city's combined cycle plant..[2]

Technical description

The pipeline, operated by TransCanada Mexico, is 430 km (267 mi) long and 24 inches in diameter, with a capacity of 202 million cubic feet per day[6], or 2.1 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year.

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