CFE and Sempra Infrastructure Expand Agreements for the Development of Energy Infrastructure in Mexico
HOUSTON and MEXICO CITY, July 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Sempra (NYSE: SRE) (BMV: SRE), and Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission (Comisión Federal de Electricidad, CFE), announced several agreements to advance the joint development of critical energy infrastructure projects in Mexico, including the rerouting of the Guaymas-El Oro pipeline in Sonora, the proposed Vista Pacífico LNG project in Topolobampo, Sinaloa, and the potential development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca.
These new agreements establish the framework for a joint venture between the companies to ultimately enable the restoration of service provided by the Guaymas-El Oro pipeline.
These agreements also outline the path forward for the Vista Pacífico LNG terminal, including the definition of the project's configuration to advance engineering and permitting efforts.
In addition, the companies are expanding the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed earlier this year to jointly explore the potential development of an LNG terminal in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca. This new opportunity will support the Government of Mexico's Interoceanic Corridor in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec project, which is intended to promote economic growth and development of Mexico's South-Southeast region.
These development projects would allow CFE to potentially optimize the use of existing natural gas pipeline systems, provide additional sources of LNG supply for isolated markets in Mexico and continue to expand LNG supplies to the global market.
The agreements reflect Sempra Infrastructure and CFE's commitment to continue advancing energy infrastructure projects that enhance the region's energy security, promote North America's energy integration, and foster economic growth and social wellbeing in the region.
The agreements for the development of the Vista Pacifico LNG and the proposed LNG project in Salina Cruz are preliminary and non-binding. These development projects, together with the rerouting of the Guaymas-El Oro pipeline, remain subject to a number of commitments to be satisfied, including, as applicable, feasibility studies, reaching definitive customer, construction and partnership agreements, securing all necessary permits, obtaining financing and incentives, receiving respective board approval, and reaching a final investment decision.
About Sempra Infrastructure
Sempra Infrastructure delivers energy for a better world. Through the combined strength of its assets in North America, the company is dedicated to enabling the energy transition and beyond. With a continued focus on sustainability, innovation, world-class safety, championing people, resilient operations and social responsibility, its more than 2,000 employees develop, build and operate clean power, energy networks and LNG and net-zero solutions, that are expected to play a crucial role in the energy systems of the future. For more information about Sempra Infrastructure, please visit www.SempraInfrastructure.com and Twitter.
The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) is a productive company of the Mexican State, exclusively owned by the federal government, which supplies energy inputs and goods required for the productive and social development of the country in an efficient, sustainable, economic and inclusive manner, through a policy that prioritizes energy security and energy sovereignty, and that strengthens the public electricity service, a fundamental service for the development of Mexico, which, as a public company, has a position capable of influencing economic activity, at the same time as provides the goods and services for which it was created. For more information about the CFE, please visit https://www.cfe.mx/
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Sempra Infrastructure is not the same company as San Diego Gas & Electric Company or Southern California Gas Company, and neither Sempra Infrastructure nor any of its subsidiaries is regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.
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