UPDATE 3-Mexico declares force majeure on hurricane-hit LNG terminal

Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:41pm EDT
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* Move comes after Hurricane Manuel damaged a pipeline

* Pipeline owned by TransCanada Corp and transports gas to terminal

* LNG cargo deliveries may be delayed by at least a week -source

By Oleg Vukmanovic and David Alire Garcia

LONDON/MEXICO CITY, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Mexican state power utility CFE said on Monday it had declared force majeure late last week on imports into the Manzanillo liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal after Hurricane Manuel damaged a pipeline.

The line in question, the Guadalajara Pipeline, is owned by pipeline company TransCanada Corp and transports natural gas in a gaseous state to the terminal at Manzanillo.

"The force majeure derived from ... a possible break in the pipeline involving a natural gas leak due to heavy rains and flooding," CFE said in a statement.

CFE said at least one LNG cargo scheduled to arrive at the terminal on Sept. 21 had been delayed.

TransCanada Corp said service to its natural gas customers, both CFE and state oil and gas monopoly Pemex, on that section of the pipeline had been temporarily suspended.   Continued...