Patagonico Gas Pipeline to Begin Commercial Ops May 1

Argentina's 600km, US$240mn Patagonico natural gas pipeline will begin commercial operations on May 1, government news agency Telam reported.

The 1Mm3/d-capacity pipeline is in Chubut province and will connect the General San Martin pipeline near the town of Comodoro Rivadavia with the Cordillerano pipeline near the town of Esquel.

Commercial operations will begin with the Cerro Dragon-Esquel stretch, with all stretches operational in July, Telam quoted local distributor Emgasud spokesperson Carlos Serrano as saying.

Anglo-Argentine oil company Panamerican Energy will supply the gas from its Cerro Dragon deposit near Comodoro Rivadavia.

The pipeline will help distributor Camuzzi Gas del Sur meet growing demand in the towns of Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes and Villa La Agostura near the Andes, Serrano said.

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