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Comanche Trail Pipeline Project

Comanche Trail Pipeline Overview

The Comanche Trail Pipeline is a Texas intrastate pipeline designed to transport 1.1 billion cubic feet per day of clean-burning natural gas as part of an agreement with Comisión Federal de Electricidad, Mexico's federal electricity commission. The Comanche Trail Pipeline went into service as scheduled on January 30, 2017.

Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners is responsible for the construction and operation of the 195-mile, 42-inch diameter pipeline which originates at the Waha Hub outside Fort Stockton, Texas in northern Pecos County and terminates custody at the U.S.-Mexico boundary in San Elizario, Texas - just south of El Paso. The pipeline presently includes seven delivery taps along the route in West Texas for local economic development opportunities.

The Comanche Trail Pipeline provides new market outlets for domestically produced clean-burning natural gas, thereby encouraging continued production in the U.S. energy sector.

Approximate Mileage Per County:
Pecos: 0.19 miles      Reeves: 59 miles      Culberson: 51 miles
Hudspeth: 65 miles      El Paso: 17 miles


Prior to construction, the Comanche Trail Pipeline completed surveys of the area as part of its process to identify the desired route that enables safe and reliable transmission infrastructure. To accomplish this, we performed civil, archaeological, environmental, and endangered species surveys.

The 195-mile pipeline originates at the Waha Hub outside of Fort Stockton in northern Pecos County. The pipeline includes delivery locations with local towns and utilities in West Texas and terminates custody at the U.S.-Mexico boundary just south of El Paso, Texas.

Project Schedule

Comanche Trail Pipeline Sends Application to Texas Railroad Commission: February 2015

Landowner Notifications Sent and Land Surveys Begin: Late February 2015

Comanche Trail Pipeline Receives Texas Railroad Commission T4 Permit: May 12, 2015

Comanche Trail Pipeline Submits Presidential Permit to FERC: June 1, 2015

Representatives Start Meeting with County Officials: July 2015

Open House Community Meeting: September 15, 2015
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Comanche Trail Pipeline Receives FERC Presidential Permit: May 2016

Start of Pipeline Construction: March 2016

Construction Completed: January 2017

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 195 miles of 42” diameter pipeline.
  • Approximately $5.9 million will be paid in total annual ad valorem taxes to the three counties traversed.
  • Created approximately 350 construction and labor jobs.
  • Created additional revenue to local communities along the route via use of goods and services.
  • Permanent easements are 50 feet wide and temporary easements during construction were an additional 75 feet.
  • Landowners are compensated for both permanent and temporary easements.
  • The pipeline is buried a minimum of 48” and may be deeper in some areas.
  • 92% of the pipeline route follows existing power lines and railroads where feasible in order to reduce the pipeline’s impact on the surrounding areas.
  • Initial plans do not include compression beyond the point of origination, resulting in no noise or odors along the route.
  • There will be no lighting along the mainline route corridor. Any safety lighting required will comply with all outdoor lighting ordinances.
  • Will benefit air quality in the region by replacing Northern Mexico’s fuel source with clean-burning natural gas. Northern Mexico’s power generation plants currently produce harmful greenhouse gases from burning diesel, coal and wood.
  • We have provided at our cost seven delivery points (taps) along the route in Texas for local communities to take advantage of the economic development opportunities.

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