Promigas Pipeline Network

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The Promigas Pipeline Network, also known as the Ballena-Cartagena-Jobo Pipeline​ or the Gasoducto de la Costa Atlántica is an operating gas pipeline in Colombia.


The pipeline's main branch starts in Ballena, La Guajira department and runs west along the Caribbean coast to Barranquilla and Cartagena, passing through compressor stations at Palomino, La Arenosa (Barranquilla), Caracolí, and Paiva. A second branch runs north to Cartagena from the Jobo gas fields of Córdoba department and the La Creciente gas fields of Sucre department, passing through the Sahagún, Majaguas and Filadelfia stations. The two branches meet at the La Heroica station in Mamonal, just south of Cartagena.[1][2]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Promigas[3]
  • Owner: Promigas[1]
  • Parent company: Promigas
  • Capacity: 166 MMcfd[4]
  • Length: 1222 km / 759 miles[1]
  • Diameter: 20 inches (Ballena to Barranquilla); 12 inches (Barranquilla to Cartagena/Mamonal), 10 inches (Cartagena/Mamonal to Jobo)[5]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1977[5]
  • Financing:


The Promigas Pipeline Network transports natural gas from the Ballena gas fields of La Guajira department, the Jobo gas fields of Córdoba department, and the La Creciente gas fields of Sucre department to communities along Colombia's Caribbean coast including Cartagena and Barranquilla.

The pipeline's first 10-inch section between Jobo and Cartagena was built in 1964 by San Andrés Development Company, a subsidiary of Exxon. In 1974, a new association, Promigas (Promotora de la Interconexión de los Gasoductos de la Costa Atlántica Limitada), was formed to facilitate transport of natural gas along the Caribbean coast from the newly discovered gas fields at Ballena. On August 12, 1977 Promigas inaugurated the new Ballena-Barranquilla-Cartagena pipeline, which connected with the Jobo-Cartagena pipeline in Mamonal, just south of Cartagena.[5]

In May 2021, the Promigas Pipeline Network saw an uptick in industrial gas demand as the economy continued its COVID-19 recovery.[6]

Phase 1 & Phase 2 Expansion Project Details

  • Owner: Promigas
  • Parent company: Promigas
  • Capacity: 100 MMcfd
  • Length: 0 km / 0 miles (capacity expansion only)
  • Diameter:
    • Phase 1 Expansion (Jobo-Majaguas pipeline & Filadelfia compressor station): 20 and 24 inches
    • Phase 2 Expansion (Mamonal-Paiva and Paiva-Caracolí pipelines): 20 inches
  • Status:
    • Phase 1 Expansion: Operating
    • Phase 2 Expansion: Operating
  • Start Year:
    • Phase 1 Expansion: 2019[7]
    • Phase 2 Expansion: 2020[7]

Phase 1 & Phase 2 Expansion Project

In November 2016, Promigas announced that it would expand the capacity of its pipeline network by 100 MMcfd through the addition of compressor stations and three sections of new pipeline[8] — an initiative known as the Proyecto 100 MPCD in some company reports.[9] In 2018, Promigas obtained the necessary licenses and environmental permits[10] and laid the first section of pipeline.[11] In July 2019, Promigas announced completion of the expansion's first phase, with commissioning of the 85-kilometer Jobo-Majaguas pipeline and the new Filadelfia compressor station.[12][13]

Development of the expansion's second phase, which involved the installation of 52 kilometers of 20- and 24-inch pipeline between Mamonal and Paiva and a new 20-inch, 83-kilometer pipeline between Paiva and Caracolí[14], was interrupted in March 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic, but work resumed in late April 2020[15][16] and reportedly entered its final stages in the following months.[17][18] Promigas announced in its 2020 annual report that the Paiva-Caracolí segment and the new Paiva compressor station began commercial operations in 2020, bringing the expansion project to completion.[7]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Mapa del Gasoducto". Promigas. Retrieved August 23, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Estudio de Impacto Ambiental: Gasoducto Jobo-Majaguas" (PDF). Promigas. August 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Informe del Sector Gas Natural: Transporte de gas por redes". Promigas. 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Capacidad del Sistema de Transporte". Promigas. Retrieved August 24, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Ever Diaz Acosta, Jorge Ivan Montrerroza Bula (2007). "Evolución del Gas Natural en la Costa Atlántica Durante la Segunda Mitad del Siglo XX e Inicio del Siglo XXI: Historia Empresarial de Gas Natural Colombiano, Promigas y GNC" (PDF). Universidad del Norte, División de Ciencias Administrativas.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "BNamericas - Colombia's Promigas sees uptick in industria..." Retrieved 2021-07-16.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Informe Anual de Gestión 2020 (p 58)" (PDF). Promigas. January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Promigas and Canacol sign agreement to deliver an additional 100 MMSCFD to the Colombian Caribbean". Promigas. November 15, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "PROMIGAS Y LA EVOLUCIÓN DE SU INFRAESTRUCTURA DE TRANSPORTE Y DISTRIBUCIÓN DE GAS" (PDF). Promigas. 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Promigas amplía su capacidad de transporte de gas natural para la Costa Caribe". La República. July 25, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Montan tubo para llevar más gas a la Costa Caribe". Portafolio. August 13, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. "Promigas amplía su capacidad de operación en la Costa Caribe". Dinero. July 25, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "Canacol Announces Completion of the Jobo to Cartagena Gas Pipeline Expansion". Global News Wire. July 25, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. "En noviembre Promigas pondrá en servicio gasoducto Mamonal-Paiva-Barranquilla". El Norte. July 29, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. "Promigas reinicia obras en la Costa Caribe colombiana". Valor Analitik. April 27, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. "Promigas reactiva obras de tres proyectos". Forbes. April 27, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. "¿Cómo están las redes de gas en el Caribe?". Casa Editorial El Tiempo. 2020-08-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. "Construction of Pipeline to Colombia's Coast Nears Completion". Retrieved 2021-07-16.

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