Imagine getting on a plane in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Prague, Czech Republic. That is a distance of roughly 700 kilometres. Now imagine diving into the water travelling the same distance, only by pipelines. 

Mexico’s new
underwater
highway
Project in progress

700 kilometres. That’s the same length of the giant subsea gas pipelines running between Texas, USA and Tuxpan, Mexico. Van Oord is helping to build this new underwater highway, the Sur de Texas – Tuxpan pipeline system in the northern Gulf of Mexico.  

With a population of almost 130 million, growing at nearly 2% a year, Mexico is facing a huge increase in energy consumption. The country is satisfying that demand by importing affordable natural gas from the United States. The Sur de Texas - Tuxpan pipeline system will transport the gas from Southern Texas to Mexico along an underwater route in the Gulf of Mexico.

Van Oord is dredging the nearshore trenches for this prestigious project. After completion the gas pipeline will be embedded in a 150 kilometres long stable foundation on the Mexican seabed. The pipeline is expected to deliver 2,600 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, an increase of 60% of the total pipeline gas imports from the United States of America.  

Van Oord was contracted to execute the dredging works for this immense pipeline project. A job well done according to Peter Gibby, Project Manager Offshore de Texas Pipeline at Infraestructura Marina del Golfo (IMG). ‘I’d like to express our appreciation to Van Oord for their professionalism and dedication on the Sur de Texas - Tuxpan project. The dredging campaign in 2017 was completed well within schedule and most importantly without any accidents or injuries. We could not have achieved this result without the dedication and workmanship of the Van Oord team.’

Trailing suction hopper dredgers Utrecht and Dravo Costa Dorada travelled to Mexico to get the job done. The scope of work includes dredging the trenches along a distance of approximately 150 kilometres, spread out over three locations, where water depths vary from 5 to 61 metres. 

These two hopper dredgers are specifically chosen for the project. Dravo Costa Dorada is a compact trailing suction hopper dredger that is ideal for dredging in shallow waters of less than -10 metres. The other dredger, Utrecht, is equipped with a dynamic tracking system. This system positions the vessel and drag head precisely over the predetermined route and therefore is particularly suitable for the water depths deeper than 10 metres. 

and safety is always on top of our mind. As project manager I take responsibility for my role as a safety leader. I encourage my team to work together and practise safety in their daily work. This project is an excellent example how our approach can produce a successful result,’ says Franky Maas, Project Manager at Van Oord.

Van Oord will complete the dredging works in the second quarter of 2018. The Sur de Texas - Tuxpan pipeline system is expected to be operational in late 2018.

‘We’re pleased to contribute to this prestigious project, which will have such a huge impact on the Mexican energy supply. Van Oord always strives for the best result 

Project in progress
Mexico’s new
underwater
highway

Imagine getting on a plane in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Prague, Czech Republic. That is a distance of roughly 700 kilometres. Now imagine diving into the water travelling the same distance, only by pipelines. 

With a population of almost 130 million, growing at nearly 2% a year, Mexico is facing a huge increase in energy consumption. The country is satisfying that demand by importing affordable natural gas from the United States. The Sur de Texas - Tuxpan pipeline system will transport the gas from Southern Texas to Mexico along an underwater route in the Gulf of Mexico.

Van Oord is dredging the nearshore trenches for this prestigious project. After completion the gas pipeline will be embedded in a 150 kilometres long stable foundation on the Mexican seabed. The pipeline is expected to deliver 2,600 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, an increase of 60% of the total pipeline gas imports from the United States of America.  

700 kilometres. That’s the same length of the giant subsea gas pipelines running between Texas, USA and Tuxpan, Mexico. Van Oord is helping to build this new underwater highway, the Sur de Texas – Tuxpan pipeline system in the northern Gulf of Mexico.  

Van Oord was contracted to execute the dredging works for this immense pipeline project. A job well done according to Peter Gibby, Project Manager Offshore de Texas Pipeline at Infraestructura Marina del Golfo (IMG). ‘I’d like to express our appreciation to Van Oord for their professionalism and dedication on the Sur de Texas - Tuxpan project. The dredging campaign in 2017 was completed well within schedule and most importantly without any accidents or injuries. We could not have achieved this result without the dedication and workmanship of the Van Oord team.’

Trailing suction hopper dredgers Utrecht and Dravo Costa Dorada travelled to Mexico to get the job done. The scope of work includes dredging the trenches along a distance of approximately 150 kilometres, spread out over three locations, where water depths vary from 5 to 61 metres. 

These two hopper dredgers are specifically chosen for the project. Dravo Costa Dorada is a compact trailing suction hopper dredger that is ideal for dredging in shallow waters of less than -10 metres. The other dredger, Utrecht, is equipped with a dynamic tracking system. This system positions the vessel and drag head precisely over the predetermined route and therefore is particularly suitable for the water depths deeper than 10 metres. 

Van Oord will complete the dredging works in the second quarter of 2018. The Sur de Texas - Tuxpan pipeline system is expected to be operational in late 2018.

‘We’re pleased to contribute to this prestigious project, which will have such a huge impact on the Mexican energy supply. Van Oord always strives for the best result and safety is always on top of our mind. As project manager I take responsibility for my role as a safety leader. I encourage my team to work together and practise safety in their daily work. This project is an excellent example how our approach can produce a successful result,’ says Franky Maas, Project Manager at Van Oord.

Franky Maas
Project Manager
at Van Oord

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About Marine ingenuity

As a global maritime contractor, Van Oord focuses on dredging, oil & gas infrastructure and offshore wind. Marine ingenuity is Van Oord’s signature and the foundation of our success. It is the spark that lights the spirit of our professionals.