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Natural gas line in Playa del Carmen gets go-ahead to continue installation along federal highway

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The installation of a natural gas line going through Playa del Carmen will continue, reports David Duarte Castilla, Secretary of Territorial Planning of the Solidaridad city council.

He says the installation company, Gas Natural del Noroeste SA de CV, will continue to place the natural gas pipeline along the federal highway after a short halt due to the upcoming Maya Train project.

The lines were given the go-ahead to resume after a consult revealed that they do not interfere with Maya Train plans as first anticipated. Duarte Castile said that after a review, they determined that the gas pipeline will not intersect with the train.

The company Gas Natural del Noroeste won the concession to bring natural gas from the center of the country to Tulum, passing through the southeast. A line is currently being run through Valladolid and Playa del Carmen.

“These two lines are going to be joined by a third along CTM Avenue. As of now, that is the project for Playa del Carmen,” Duarte Castilla said adding that the gas lines will not interfere with the Maya Train since the train will run through the center of the federal highway.

He said the train will be on the east side of the vehicular bridge, while the gas lines will be on the west side.

“They are not intercepted, nor is there any risk,” he said explaining that the company is in close communication with the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur), the municipality of Solidaridad and companies in charge of the Maya Train.

“We met with the Maya Train contractors to cross-check the corresponding information. The company (of the gas pipeline) has all the permits from the energy regulatory commission and has municipal permits,” he said.

Duarte Castilla noted that authorities plan to finish the installation of the gas pipeline in Playa del Carmen for September 30.

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