Bolivia–Paraguay Gas Pipeline

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The Bolivia–Paraguay Gas Pipeline is a proposed natural gas pipeline in Bolivia and Paraguay.


The pipeline would run east from Villa Montes, Tarija department, Bolivia to Mariscal Estigarribia, Paraguay, where it would turn southeast and follow the Ruta Transchaco (Transchaco Highway, or Ruta 9) to Asunción, Paraguay.[1][2][3]

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Project Details

  • Operator: YPFB (Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos), PETROPAR (Petróleos Paraguayos)[4]
  • Parent Company: Bolivian and Paraguayan governments
  • Capacity: 6 MMcm/d (212 MMcf/d)[4]
  • Length: 900 km / 559 miles[1]
  • Status: Proposed
  • Start Year: 2024[2]


Proposals to build a pipeline for the transport of Bolivian natural gas to Paraguay date back at least two decades, to the early 2000s.[5][6][7]

In June 2019 Bolivian president Evo Morales and Paraguayan president Mario Abdo Benítez announced plans to construct a 900-kilometer international gas pipeline between Villa Montes, Bolivia and Asunción, Paraguay.[1][2][3][4] Feasibility studies for the project were to be undertaken over an eight-month period by state-owned gas companies YPFB (Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos) and PETROPAR (Petróleos Paraguayos).[4] Following completion of these initial studies, the two countries planned to seek investors for the project, with the goal of commissioning the pipeline by 2024.[3] YPFB president Óscar Barriga estimated that in its initial phase, the pipeline could supply 6 to 10 million cubic meters per day of Bolivian natural gas to consumers in Paraguay.[4]

As of July 2023, prospects for the pipeline project remained uncertain. Despite experts' expressions of doubt about the project's feasibility[7], and a December 2020 statement by Bolivian hydrocarbons minister Franklin Molina that "the technical and economic conditions do not exist to justify this kind of an expense because demand is not there"[8], Paraguayan president Mario Abdo Benítez and Bolivian president Luis Arce continued to discuss the project as recently as June 2022.[9]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Bolivia y Paraguay estudiarán la construcción de un gasoducto". El Deber. June 12, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "El MIC firmó convenio para diseñar gasoducto con Bolivia". Última Hora. June 18, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Paraguay y Bolivia firman los acuerdos para el gasoducto - Política - ABC Color". ABC Paraguay. June 12, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Bolivia y Paraguay acuerdan construcción de gasoducto de integración energética". YPFB. June 12, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Ley Nº 1979 / Aprueba el Acuerdo de Alcance Parcial en el Marco de la Aladi, para el suministro de gas natural de la República de Bolivia a la República del Paraguay". Congreso de la Nación Paraguaya. September 20, 2002.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Ficha del Proyecto". Cosiplan. July 29, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Expertos dudan sobre factibilidad de construir un ducto a Paraguay". El Deber. June 13, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Q&A: Bolivia doubles down on gas". December 31, 2020.
  9. "Paraguay propone extender gasoducto boliviano en su país". Telesur TV. June 14, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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Proposed Pipelines in Latin America