Ramirez also confirmed that ministers from the scheme's four member countries and their respective technical teams are to meet in Caracas from June 5-7 to discuss the project.
"It is a very important meeting since finally Bolivia is integrated into this whole Gran Gasoducto del Sur issue. Ministers as well as technical teams will be present," Ramirez said, speaking on the sidelines of a press conference.
Regarding who can perform the certification, Ramirez said "a third party, an independent party. That is customary and doesn't trouble us."
The actual ministers' meeting will take place on June 7 and feature Argentina's planning minister Julio de Vido, Brazil's energy minister Silas Rondeau and Bolivia's hydrocarbons minister Andres Solis.
Venezuela, which has said it has 150 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in proven reserves, is currently producing some 6.5 billion cubic feet a day (Bf3/d) of gas and has announced a production goal of 11Bf3/d to be attained in five years' time. The Gran Gasoducto del Sur alone would transport 5Bf3/d of Venezuelan gas. Also on Monday, Ramirez announced additional E&P efforts to make this contribution possible.
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