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Pipe arrives for Presidio natural gas project

June 8th, 2017 under Top Stories

 

(photo by and courtesy of BRAD NEWTON) (photo by and courtesy of BRAD NEWTON) The first load of 6-inch pipe and the construction equipment on location for the Presidio natural gas pipeline. The Biad Chili Plant is in the background.

(photo by and courtesy of BRAD NEWTON)
(photo by and courtesy of BRAD NEWTON)
The first load of 6-inch pipe and the construction equipment on location for the Presidio natural gas pipeline. The Biad Chili Plant is in the background.

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — The first delivery of 6-inch natural gas pipe, as well as heavy machinery has arrived onsite for the construction of the Presidio natural gas pipeline, an 11-mile pipeline connecting the Trans-Pecos Pipeline to the Presidio Industrial Park.

The local pipeline will draw its supply from a distribution tap on the 42-inch transmission line, and transport it to Presidio’s northwestern city limits.

The project is a cooperative effort among West Texas Gas, Trans-Pecos Pipeline, and the City of Presidio.

Presidio has never had a natural gas supply; residential homes and businesses in Presidio run off electricity or propane gas.

The next step will be establishing a natural gas franchise for the city, Presidio Municipal Development District Director Brad Newton told the Presidio International.

Although it does not mean all homes in the city of Presidio will have natural gas right away, that is a future development. How to get natural gas to local businesses, such as restaurants, laundromats, bakeries, and other businesses, which currently use propane, is the first step, Newton added.

In addition to providing the city with gas, the pipeline will provide a natural gas service to the Biad Chili Plant, which sits near where construction is due to take place.

There is an additional hope for an alliance with a Mexican partner so gas can also go to Ojinaga, according to Newton, which will see a potential population of 30,000 being serviced with natural gas.

The Trans-Pecos Pipeline went into service March 31, transporting natural gas across Pecos, Brewster and Presidio counties to the U.S.-Mexico border. According to Energy Transfer Partners, the Trans-Pecos Pipeline has three distribution taps in Presidio County, with a further two in Pecos County and one in Brewster County, which will service local communites.

As well as being two to three times more expensive than natural gas, propane gas transportation can be dangerous. In December 2016, a tanker truck carrying propane for West Texas Gas exploded between Marfa and Alpine, killing the 79-year-old driver.

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