Several U.S. pipeline export projects that could support additional natural gas exports to Mexico have been announced. According to company announcements, these projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2014 and, if they are all built, could add up to 3.5 Bcf/d of additional export capacity to Mexico, doubling existing capacity.
This additional capacity would serve an expected increase in natural gas demand from Mexico's electric power sector. Mexico plans to add about 28 gigawatts of new electric generating capacity between 2012 and 2027, mostly in northern Mexico, according to Comisión Federal deElectricidad (CFE)—Mexico's state-run electricity provider. CFE estimates that this could raise natural gas needs for power generation by 5.1 Bcf/d. This level of growth would likely require increased natural gas imports from the United States.