When it comes to Mexico’s natural gas needs, Texas delivers
Written by Jeffrey Weiss
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Next year could see another impressive increase in the export of natural gas from this country to Mexico — mostly through Texas.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration says American daily pipeline exports through August are already averaging 25 percent higher than last year and 85 percent above the five-year average from 2011 through 2015. One of the biggest new pipelines next year would head through Texas and raise the capacity of natural gas exports from the U.S. more than 70 percent.
That’s not even tied to a jump in Texas production of natural gas.
“It will take years before the necessary [Mexican natural gas domestic production] infrastructure is in place, not just because of the exploration and drilling of the wells, but the transportation still needs to be handled.”
“A combination of price and increased demand, coupled with lower domestic production that is resulting in increased imports from the U.S., is producing a scenario we expect to continue for the next two or three years.”
“During the next few years, it’s very possible more natural gas can be produced in the U.S. and specifically in Texas. If so, a higher demand from Mexico may provide better economic encouragement to the production.”