US supplier Emerson will automate Mexico’s Los Ramones natural gas pipeline

Los Ramones pipeline will extend from Texas border to Central Mexico,  2.1 Bcf per day of natural gas

As Mexican imports of American natural gas rise thanks to increasing demand from consumers and industry, state energy company Pemex is modernizing the Los Ramones pipeline with help from US companies.

Los Ramones pipelinePemex estimates demand for natural gas will grow 3.6 per cent a year from 2012 to 2028, with total imports of low-cost natural gas from the United States increasing to three billion cubic feet per day.

Pemex and ENGIE, a French energy company, have selected Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), to lead a $8.9 million automation project that is part of Mexico’s energy reform initiative.

Emerson will automate the southern portion of the Los Ramones Phase II pipeline. When completed, the 291 kilometer Los Ramones II Sur pipeline will have the capacity to deliver 1.4 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas.

Los Ramones pipeline“Our project specialists will help Pemex and ENGIE bring the pipeline into service quickly and safely so that Mexico’s homes and businesses get the energy they need,” said Leo Rodriguez, president of Emerson Process Management – Latin America.

“In our past projects with Pemex, we’ve helped ensure safe operations, reduce measurement uncertainty, and maintain uninterrupted process flow.”

Rodriguez says Pemex and ENGIE selected Emerson based on its automation experts’ experience with natural gas pipeline projects and ability to deliver a fully integrated solution quickly.

The $2.3 billion Los Ramones pipeline system project demonstrates a significant investment to ensure access to lower cost energy, a crucial component for petrochemical production and broader manufacturing growth.

One of the largest infrastructure project investments in Mexico’s history, the pipeline will extend from the Texas border to Central Mexico, with capacity to transport up to 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to Mexico, supplying a fifth of the country’s total natural gas demand.