Canadian energy company TC Energy has secured approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to commission the North Baja natural gas pipeline expansion project in Arizona and California, reported Reuters.

The US energy regulator stated that its ruling on 25 May approved all remaining facilities for the pipeline expansion project.

With a capacity of 0.495 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd), the North Baja expansion project will supply more natural gas from the US to Mexico, including Sempra Energy-owned Costa Azul liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant in Mexico.

Currently under construction, the $2bn Costa Azul project will have the capacity to convert 0.43bcfd of gas into LNG. It is scheduled to be commissioned in 2025.

According to US energy data, the North Baja expansion project is estimated to cost $127m.

Commissioned in 2002, the North Baja bidirectional pipeline supplies gas from Arizona to California and Mexico, and from Mexico to California and Arizona.

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As per the federal energy data, the North Baja pipeline, prior to the 2023 upgrade, could supply about 0.5bcfd of gas south from Arizona to California and Mexico; up to 0.695bcfd north from California to Arizona; and about 0.614bcfd north from Mexico to California.

In August 2022, TC Energy partnered with Mexico’s state-owned electric utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad to develop a $4.5bn natural gas pipeline, which is expected to have a capacity of 1.3bcfd.