ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gas Co. says it’ll seek a federal permit to begin building a natural gas pipeline from southern New Mexico to Mexico.
Company spokesman Teala Kail says the $5 million project would extend the company’s existing pipeline in Santa Teresa about five miles to the U.S.-Mexico border and enlarge the pipeline.
The Albuquerque Journal (http://goo.gl/CTuQez ) reports that additional facilities would need to be built on the Mexican side of the border before exports of gas could begin.
A federal permit is required for pipelines that reach the border between the United States and Canada or Mexico, and Kail says the company expects the permit process will take a few months.
New Mexico Gas is the state’s largest natural gas utility, serving more than 515,000 customers.
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