Paraná-Uruguayana Gas Pipeline

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Paraná-Uruguayana Gas Pipeline, known in Argentina as Gasoducto Paraná-Uruguayana and in Brazil as Gasoduto Paraná-Uruguaiana, is an operating natural gas pipeline.


The pipeline runs from Aldea Brasilera, Argentina (just south of Paraná in the province of Entre Ríos) to Uruguaiana, Brazil.[1]

The pipeline's route runs parallel to Argentina's national route 127, then crosses the international border via a subterranean channel beneath the Río Uruguay 15 km south of Paso de los Libres.[2][3][4] In Brazil, the pipeline feeds into a 25km section of the partially constructed Uruguaiana-Porto Alegre Gas Pipeline to deliver gas to the Uruguaiana power station.

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Project Details


The project was developed by a consortium led by the Argentine company Techint. Construction started in 1999 and was completed within 15 months.[3] The pipeline was inaugurated by presidents of Brazil and Argentina, Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Fernando de la Rúa on 18 August 2000 at Paso de los Libres.[2]

In 2008, Argentina's state oil company YPF suspended shipments of gas through the pipeline due to gas shortages in the domestic market[12], prompting a lawsuit that resulted in YPF paying a US $114 million settlement to project owner TGM in 2017.[13][14] In December 2017 YPF and TGM signed a new carriage agreement requiring YPF to pay TGM a fee of US $1,857,143 per annum for use of the Paraná-Uruguyana pipeline from 2018 through 2024, regardless of actual gas transport volumes during the specified period.[12]

In September 2021 Argentina's state-owned IEASA (Integración Energética Argentina) signed a contract with Brazil's Âmbar Energia to resume gas supplies to the Uruguaiana power station. The contract would rely on imported LNG regasified at Excelerate Energy's Escobar FSRU, then transported to Brazil via Argentina's existing pipeline network, including the Paraná-Uruguayana Gas Pipeline.[15]

The mid-2023 completion of the first phase of Argentina's Néstor Kirchner gas pipeline prompted new interest in a long-standing proposal to export Argentine gas from Vaca Muerta into southern Brazil, incorporating the Paraná-Uruguayana pipeline as a key component of the cross-border gas transport system.[16]

Technical description

The pipeline length, according to various sources, ranges from 421 km[5] to 437 km.[3][12]. It has a diameter of 610 mm (24 in)[11][12] and a capacity of 5.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year.[5][12] The US$250 million pipeline supplies natural gas to the 640-MW Uruguaiana power station in Brazil.[17] The pipeline exports gas to Brazil only when Argentina has sufficient supplies; during a six-year period between 2015 and 2021, gas exports to Brazil were completely shut down.[18]

Construction of a planned 615 km (382 mi) extension from Uruguaiana to Porto Alegre began in 2002,[11] but only 50 km (31 mi) had been built as of 2004.[19] However, with the development of unconventional natural gas reserves at Vaca Muerta in Argentina's Neuquén province, Argentina and Brazil have recently expressed renewed interest in developing the Uruguaiana to Porto Alegre corridor as part of the proposed Vaca Muerta-Brazil Gas Pipeline.[20][21]


The pipeline is operated by Transportadora de Gas del Mercosur, which is a joint venture of TotalEnergies, Tecpetrol, Central Puerto and CGC (Compañia General de Combustibles).[22]

Articles and resources


  1. "(map) Sistemas de Transporte de Gas Natural de la República Argentina" (PDF). Enargas. Retrieved August 11, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Se inaugura un gasoducto que llega a Brasil". La Nación. August 15, 2000.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Brasil consumirá gas natural argentino". La Nación. May 30, 2000.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Ficha del Proyecto: Gasoducto Aldea Brasileña (Argentina) - Uruguaiana - Porto Alegre". Cosiplan. June 26, 2017. Retrieved 2022-08-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 "Midstream". CGC (Compañía General de Combustibles). Retrieved 2022-08-04.
  6. "Universal Registration Document 2022, including the Annual Financial Report (p 100)" (PDF). TotalEnergies. March 24, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Global Sustainability Report 2021 (p 18)" (PDF). Tecpetrol. August 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Central Puerto S.A. - Form 20-F (pp 28, 44)". United States Securities and Exchange Commission. April 26, 2023. Retrieved 2023-08-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "Condensed interim consolidated financial statements as of March 31, 2023 (p 1)" (PDF). CGC (Compañía General de Combustibles S.A.). May 12, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Reporte Global de Sustentabilidad 2022 (p 15)" (PDF). Tecpetrol. July 18, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 South American Gas. Daring to Tap the Bounty (PDF). International Energy Agency/OECD. 2003. pp. 60, 114–115, 156, 159–160. ISBN 92-64-19663-3. Retrieved 2007-05-12.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 "Financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 (p 31)" (PDF). Compañía General de Combustibles S.A. March 8, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "YPF reaches agreement and will pay US$ 114m on a conflict from 2009". MercoPress. December 28, 2017.
  14. "YPF y TGM llegaron a un acuerdo extrajudicial por US$ 114 millones". EconoJournal. December 26, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. "IEASA selló su primera exportación de gas a Brasil". Más Energía. September 30, 2021.
  16. "El Gobierno reflota otra traza para llevar el gas de Vaca Muerta a Brasil". Mejor Energía. April 3, 2023.
  17. "BID aprueba US$70 millones para gasoducto entre Argentina y Brasil". IDB (International Development Bank). February 2, 2000.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. "Después de seis años, Argentina vuelve a exportar gas a Brasil". ArgenPorts. February 15, 2021.
  19. Gas Market Integration in the Southern Cone, p.94, Inter-American Development Bank, 2004
  20. "Argentina acelera gestiones para un nuevo gasoducto entre Vaca Muerta y Brasil". El Cronista. September 14, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. "Projeto de gasoduto Uruguaiana-Porto Alegre volta a ganhar força". Jornal do Comércio. January 1, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. "Annual report 2021 (p 20)" (PDF). Compañía General de Combustibles S.A. March 11, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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