Gasoducto de la Costa

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Gasoducto de la Costa is an operating natural gas pipeline in Argentina.[1]

Location

The pipeline runs to Argentina's Atlantic coast from a junction with the San Martín Gas Pipeline at El Chourrón (Buenos Aires province). It serves the communities of Mar del Plata as well as Miramar, Balcarce, Mar Chiquita, Las Armas, San Clemente and Villa Gesell, among other localities in the region.

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Project Details

  • Owner: Camuzzi Gas Pampeana
  • Current capacity: 162 MMcf/d[2]
  • Length: 680 km / 423 miles[3]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2004[4]

Background

The 680-kilometer Gasoducto de la Costa network was built in 2004 to meet increasing natural gas demand along Argentina's Atlantic Coast. The pipeline starts 10 km northwest of Tandil, Buenos Aires province, at a junction with the San Martín Gas Pipeline, and continues southeast to Mar del Plata, where it branches off to serve other coastal communities.[4]

Expansion Project Details

  • Owner: Camuzzi Gas Pampeana
  • Proposed expansion of capacity: 50 MMcf/d[2]
  • Length: 0 km / 0 miles (capacity expansion only)
  • Status: Construction
  • Start Year: 2020[5]

Proposed Expansion

In September 2015 Argentina's national government announced a A$544 million plan to expand the pipeline's capacity by 30%, from 4.6 to 6.0 million cubic meters per day (162 to 212 million cubic feet per day).[2] Work began on the expansion project in 2017[5], by which time the projected budget for the 12-month project had increased to A$1.078 billion.[3]

In September 2018, Argentina's National Regulatory Entity of Gas (Enargas) declared the Gasoducto de la Costa technically unfeasible, functionally cancelling the project.[6]

However, in August 2020, Argentina's new government announced that it would revive the expansion project, which was reportedly already 95% complete.[7]

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References

  1. "A New Era for Argentine Gas Pipelines" Pipeline & Gas Journal, accessed August 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Firman un convenio para ampliar el Gasoducto de la Costa con una inversión de 544 millones de pesos". Telam Economía. September 10, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Nuevos gasoductos a construir en 2017". MINEM (Ministerio de Energía y Minería). February 7, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Camuzzi Gas Pampeana invierte 114 millones". El Cronista. December 23, 2004.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Macri y Vidal visitaron las obras del Gasoducto de la Costa". Future Sustentable. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  6. "Pipeline of the Coast, ENARGAS declared it Inviable" Vecinos de la Costa, accessed May 2019
  7. "Gasoducto de la Costa: "La obra civil está prácticamente terminada en un 95%"". El Marplatense. July 4, 2020.

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