According to a report published in Houston Chronicle, the Mexican government plans to invest $8 billion to expand its natural gas pipeline system that could be fueled by the South Texas and Eagle Ford plays in the United States. The U.S. Energy Department reports that natural gas exports from the United States to Mexico totaled 500 billion cubic feet in 2010.

"Mexico has a unique opportunity, we have access to the world's cheapest gas," Mexican Energy Minister Jordy Herrera said of the U.S. supply while announcing the new pipeline plans. "This is competitiveness for the industry of our country."

It is expected that the incoming Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will hand out $3 billion in contracts for pipeline networks slated for industrial centers in northwest and central Mexico in the month of October. The newspaper observed that such ambitious projects regarding energy will largely depend on the new Congress.

Pipeline Company Kinder Morgan expressed its keenness to connect networks in Arizona to a 600-mile pipeline system that could eventually run to the port city of Mazatlan.

"Kinder Morgan continually looks for ways to optimize its existing pipeline system and expand deliverability," the company said in a statement. "In Mexico, there is a growing need for additional supplies."

In the near future Mexico may emerge as a natural gas superpower but as its natural gas consumption continues climbing, pipelines seem to be the only solution. According to the U.S. Energy Department U.S. gas exports via pipeline to Mexico have tripled in a decade, to some 500 billion cubic feet last year.