San Sebastián-Ushuaia Gas Pipeline

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San Sebastián-Ushuaia Gas Pipeline, known locally as Gasoducto San Sebastián-Ushuaia or Gasoducto Fueguino, is an operating gas pipeline running between San Sebastián and Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

Location

The pipeline starts in San Sebastián, Tierra del Fuego and runs to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, passing through the towns of Río Grande and Tolhuin.[1][2]

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Project Details

  • Owner: Camuzzi Gas del Sur, S.A.[3]
  • Parent company: Camuzzi
  • Capacity: Unknown
  • Length: 280 km / 174 miles[4]
  • Diameter: 8 inches[4]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1981[5]
  • Financing:

Background

Commissioned in 1981, the 280-kilometer San Sebastián-Ushuaia gas pipeline was designed to bring natural gas from northern Tierra del Fuego to the provincial capital, Ushuaia.[5] Originally owned and operated by the state-run Gas del Estado, the project was privatized in 1992 and sold to its current owner, Camuzzi Gas del Sur, S.A.[6]

The pipeline's diameter was originally 8 inches along its entire course, but capacity has since been expanded with the addition of several sections of 12-inch pipeline, starting in 2006.[7]

Expansion Project Details

  • Owner: Camuzzi Gas del Sur, S.A.
  • Parent company: Camuzzi
  • Capacity: 106 MMcf/d (3 million cubic meters per day)[3]
  • Length: 0 km / 0 miles (capacity expansion only)
  • Diameter: 12 inches
  • Status: Construction
  • Start Year: 2020

Capacity Expansion

Camuzzi Gas del Sur, S.A. has invested 527 million Argentine pesos (A$527 million) in an expansion project that involves adding 205 km of 12-inch tubing to reinforce the existing pipeline.[8] The project, which aims to increase the pipeline's capacity to 3 million cubic meters of natural gas per day, was reportedly near completion in February 2019.[3] However, in an April 2020 interview, Tierra del Fuego's Secretary of Energy Moisés Solorza noted that the expansion project remained unfinished, with some sections of pipeline still to be added near Ushuaia.[9]

Proposed link with San Martín Gas Pipeline

In May 2018, Tierra del Fuego's governor announced plans for construction of a new compressor station in San Sebastián parish as part of a larger project that would link the San Sebastián-Ushuaia Gas Pipeline with the 3,756-kilometer San Martín Gas Pipeline running south from Buenos Aires.[10] Together with Camuzzi's capacity expansion plans, the new pipeline interconnection project would bring natural gas service to 16,000 new customers in Tierra del Fuego province.[11] In November 2019, Tierra del Fuego's provincial government announced that it would hold a public tender for the A$860 million, 14-month project.[12] Three companies submitted bids in December 2019[13], but as of April 2020 there was no further progress on the pipeline interconnection project.[14]

Articles and resources

References

  1. "Sistemas de Transporte de Gas Natural de la República Argentina" (PDF). Enargas. July 2020.
  2. Buccieri, Carlos (February 2010). "En las puertas de un nuevo ciclo histórico: 50 años del gas" (PDF). Petrotecnia.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "La ampliación del gasoducto fueguino entró en su etapa final". CC News. February 7, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Evolución Histórica de los Sistemas de Transmisión de Gas Natural de la República Argentina (Año 1981)" (PDF). Enargas. 1981.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Cuaderno 17: En busca de "El Dorado"" (PDF). Tecpetrol. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  6. "Camuzzi: la mayor distribuidora de gas natural de la Argentina". MiningPress. March 27, 2009.
  7. "Gasoducto San Sebastián-Ushuaia: El miércoles se inaugura la primera etapa". Sur54. July 31, 2006.
  8. "Obra de ampliación del gasoducto fueguino: "Vamos llegar a todas las familias con el servicio", expresó Bertone". Sur54. September 13, 2018.
  9. "Solorza planteará la revisión total del contrato de Camuzzi". Diario Provincia 23. April 21, 2020.
  10. "INTERCONEXIÓN GASODUCTO SAN MARTÍN Y FUEGUINO. BERTONE FIRMÓ CONVENIOS JUNTO A LA MISIÓN SALESIANA Y CAMUZZI POR LA NUEVA PLANTA COMPRESORA". Gobierno de Tierra del Fuego. May 29, 2018.
  11. "16 mil nuevos usuarios de gas podrán contar con el servicio". Diario Prensa. May 29, 2018.
  12. "Lanzan licitación para interconectar los gasoductos San Martín y Fueguino". Diario Prensa. November 1, 2019.
  13. "Tres ofertas para la interconexión del gasoducto San Martín y el Fueguino". Diario del Fin del Mundo. December 3, 2019.
  14. ""No vamos a permitir actitudes abusivas de Camuzzi en medio de la cuarentena"". Radio Universidad de Río Grande. April 3, 2020.

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