Nueva Era is a joint venture between Howard Energy Partners (HEP) and Grupo Clisa. Through subsidiaries Impulsora Pipeline and Midstream de Mexico, Nueva Era will design, construct and operate a pipeline system to transport natural gas supplies from the U.S. to end-users in and around Monterrey, Mexico.
The Impulsora pipeline originates at the HEP Webb County Hub and transports gas to an international border crossing between the United States in Webb County, Texas, and Mexico in the vicinity of Colombia, State of Nuevo Leon. Midstream de Mexico will originate at the border crossing and extend to measurement stations near Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Nueva Era will provide seamless service to shippers wishing to transport on both pipelines. Impulsora received its Presidential Permit on May 14, 2015, to construct, operate and maintain border-crossing facilities.
Nueva Era previously conducted an open season for the combined pipeline project. The Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) responded to such posting and, as the foundation shipper, entered into long-term commitments to transport 504,000 MMBtu of natural gas per day to power plants in the Escobedo and Monterrey areas. Accordingly, Nueva Era will construct a minimum 30-inch diameter pipeline.
As a next step, Midstream de Mexico will be conducting an open season to solicit interest from other potential shippers in Mexico. Based on response to such open season and subject to economic and technical feasibility, Midstream de Mexico may increase the size of the project and install compression facilities.
Midstream de Mexico is conducting an open season to finalize the design of the Nueva Era project. The Midstream de Mexico Open Season will commence at 9:00 AM CST on November 3, 2015, and close at 4:00 PM CST on December 16, 2015. Interested parties must submit Request for Service forms prior to the deadline to participate in this Open Season. Midstream de Mexico has extended its Open Season to give potential customers sufficient time to complete the review and approval process.