PDVSA Holds Maracaibo Workshop on Pipeline EIS

Venezuela's state oil firm PDVSA held a technical workshop on January 6 in the city of Maracaibo to discuss the progress of an environmental impact study (EIS) for the proposed 216km Colombia-Venezuela gas pipeline, PDVSA said in a statement.

PDVSA's project manager Eddie Rincón and environmental leader José Manuel Sainz were to present the advances of the study, the statement said.

PDVSA expects to receive feedback from the environment ministry to be included in the study and guarantee the quality of environmental management in nearby communities.

Colombia's environment, housing and development ministry will hold a similar event on January 12 in Bogotá.

The proposed pipeline will connect Chevron gas fields in Colombia's La Guajira department with PDVSA's CRP refinery in the Lake Maracaibo area.

The pipeline will be built and operated by PDVSA and completed within the next two years, PDVSA officials have said.

Colombian natural gas will be used in western Venezuela for refining, petrochemicals projects, thermal power generation and secondary oil recovery.

The idea is that the Colombia-Venezuela pipeline would eventually switch direction, allowing Venezuela to export gas when new projects in the western part of the country come online.

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