SOURCE: Zeus Development Corporation

October 27, 2006 10:15 ET

Mexican West Coast Manzanillo LNG Terminal Advancing Rapidly, Javier H. Estrada to Address San Diego Conference

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 27, 2006 -- Manzanillo promises to be the third terminal to open Mexican access to world LNG markets and the second on the country's Pacific coast. Javier H. Estrada, a former commissioner for Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) will discuss its advancement, Nov. 10, during a San Diego conference.

Mexico's expansion into LNG has been rapid. It became an official LNG importer earlier this year when a Nigerian cargo arrived Aug. 17 at the Alta Mira terminal on the Gulf Coast.

Beginning in 2008, Mexico will link for the first time the Atlantic and Pacific LNG markets when Sempra Energy opens its Energia Costa Azul (ECA) terminal north of the Ensenada, Baja.

"Even though the effect on cross North American gas trade will be inconsequential, the opening of the ECA terminal will be a big day for global LNG," notes Bob Nimocks, president of Zeus Development Corporation, a firm that analyzes world gas development and sponsor of the San Diego conference. "ECA represents the golden spike in natural gas trade that circumferences the globe."

The Manzanillo terminal will accelerate this linkage by supplying power plants in the states of Colima, Queretaro and Jalisco near Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city. Early this year, Mexico's state-owned electricity company, CFE, and state oil company, Pemex, launched a tender for the construction of the $430 million project.

Both the Manzanillo and ECA terminals will be reviewed extensively during the Nov. 8-10 conference, entitled "LNG: When East Meets West," at the Dana on Mission Bay hotel in San Diego. Nov. 8, delegates will tour the ECA terminal construction.

Other topics to be addressed during the conference include the impact of West Coast terminals on Asian LNG trade, LNG's effect on West Coast markets, as well as reviews of the status of several proposed West Coast terminals from Prince Rupert to Manzanillo.

Representatives from the following organizations have registered to attend: BHP Billiton; Burckhardt Compression; CEC; Chevron; Chiyoda; Transwestern Pipeline; Deutsche Bank; DKRW; Jordan Cove Energy; Kitimat LNG; Moffatt & Nichol; Mustang; NorthernStar; Reliance Energy; Repsol; Selas Fluid; Sempra; St. Mary Land & Exploration; Tokyo Gas; Transcanada; Tri-Star Petroleum; Van Ness Feldman; Venable; WestPac; and Woodside.

Full details can be obtained online at or by contacting Rebecca Maitland at Zeus Development Corporation (713-333-5773,

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