Mexico's Pemex declares Ramones II pipeline tender void

Reuters

MEXICO CITY, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Mexico's state oil and gasmonopoly Pemex on Tuesday declared the tender for the secondphase of the country's biggest natural gas pipeline project voidafter only one bidder made an offer on the $1.8 billion project.

Pemex's gas unit PGPB said the bid did not comply with theproject's technical or economic specifications.

In late September, only one bidder - a consortia formed bySpanish gas distributor Enagas and French energy firm GDF Suez -made an offer.

The second phase of the Ramones pipeline was expected tocover 460 miles (740 kilometers) spanning five northern-centralMexican states, and help the country satisfy growing demand bytapping cheap gas imports from the United States.

The project also envisions compression, metering andregulation stations along the route, as well as a new controlcenter.

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