Emerson to help expand Mexico’s energy infrastructure

Pemex and ENGIE, a French energy company, have selected Emerson (NYSE: EMR) to help upgrade and expand Mexico’s gas pipeline infrastructure.

The $8.9 million automation project is part of Mexico’s energy reform initiative. Because existing natural gas availability is expected to fall short of demand from a growing population and industrialization, the country is increasing capacity for importing low-cost natural gas from the US. Pemex estimates demand for natural gas will grow 3.6% per year from 2012 to 2028, with total imports increasing to 3 billion cubic feet per day.

Emerson Process Management, a business of 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.

The $2.3 billion Los Ramones pipeline system project is an 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.

Emerson’s services and automation technologies for the project include design and implementation services, Fisher valves and regulators, Rosemount and Daniel measurement instruments, DeltaV distributed control systems, flow computers, and systems for emergency shutdown and for fire and gas detection.

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