DALLAS — The southernmost Texas city of Brownsville has created a new public utility to pipe natural gas to a proposed merchant-owned power plant that would also rely on the city’s treated wastewater for coolant.

The project combines the city’s ability to finance two pipelines with Tenaska Inc.’s expertise in building gas-fired power plants, according to Noe Hinojosa Jr., chief executive of Brownsville’s financial advisor, Estrada Hinojosa & Co.

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