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Mitsui to participate in Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Arizona, U.S.A.

Jul. 22, 2013


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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui") agreed with Kinder Morgan and the Mexican state owned oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos ("PEMEX") to participate in the pipeline project in Arizona to export US natural gas to Mexico. Mitsui will participate in and acquire, through its 100% owned US company MIT Pipeline Investment Americas, Inc., a 30% ownership stake in the project company, Sierrita Gas Pipeline LLC ("Sierrita").

MGI Enterprises US LLC a wholly owned affiliate of Pemex Gas y Petroquímica Básica which is a subsidiary of PEMEX will participate in and acquire a 35% ownership stake in Sierrita . Mitsui and PEMEX entered into an MOU on April 9, 2013 for the collaboration in the energy business such as natural gas, and this investment in Sierrita marks the first joint venture project to be undertaken under such MOU.

The project interconnects with the US main gas pipeline system and will extend south from Tucson to Sasabe in Arizona, a new interconnection point near the border between the US and Mexico. The project will have a design capacity of approximately 200 million cubic feet per day, and its estimated project cost is approximately $200 million. MGI Supply, Ltd a wholly owned affiliate of Pemex Gas y Petroquímica Básica which is a subsidiary of PEMEX has executed a 25-year transportation service agreement with Sierrita for the full design capacity of the project. The project is expected to achieve an in-service date no later than September 30, 2014, subject to approvals from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the issuance of the Presidential Permit.

Supported by the development of the shale gas projects in the US and Mexico and the stable growth of the Mexican economy, it is expected that the demand for the natural gas in Mexico will continue to increase. Through the cooperation with PEMEX and Kinder Morgan on the realization of this project, Mitsui will continue its efforts to contribute to the stable supply of energy through the expansion of the natural gas value chain both in Mexico and the US.

Outline of the Project

Project Description Gas transportation service between Tucson and Sasabe, Arizona
Pipeline Length Approximately 100km
Project Period 25 years
Ownership Mitsui 30%, PEMEX 35%, Kinder Morgan 35%
Project Cost Approximately US$200 million
In-Service Date September 30, 2014

Company Profile of Kinder Morgan

Name Kinder Morgan
Year of Foundation 1997
Headquarter Location Houston, Texas, USA
Core Business Transportation and storage of oil and gas
Pipeline Assets Approximately 130,000km

Company Profile of PEMEX

Name Petróleos Mexicanos
Year of Foundation 1938
Headquarter Location Mexico City, Mexico
Core Business Exploration, production, transportation, storage, refinement and sales of oil and gas
Pipeline Assets Approximately 9,000km

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For inquiries on this matter, please contact

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Division
Yuki Sugiyama
Telephone: +81-3-3285-7596
Facsimile: +81-3-3285-9819