Planners Divide Gran Gasoducto Pipeline Into 2 Stages

Planners and technical advisors from the four countries partnering to build the Gran Gasoducto del Sur natural gas pipeline are designing two main sections: Venezuela-Brazil; and Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia.

"We now have a model where [planners from] Brazil and Venezuela will work on the pipeline that goes down to Brazil, and then there is Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia working on the other section," Jorge Luis Sanchez, president of Venezuelan gas regulator Enagas, told BNamericas.

Eventually the two branches will connect.

The Brazilian and Venezuelan teams are due to meet this week in the former's Rio de Janeiro, Sanchez said, without elaborating.

To date, four countries are committed to the pipeline project: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela. The last two would provide the gas with the first two importing the fuel, although Chile and Peru could join the project this year, Sanchez said.

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