Salta, Other Provinces Agree to Possible Pipeline Extension

Argentina's Salta province has signed an agreement with the provinces of Tucuman, Catamarca and La Rioja for the possible southward extension of the prospective Valles Calchaquies gas pipeline, Salta province said in a statement.

The province is tendering construction of the US$80mn pipeline, which will run some 175km to the town of Tolombon near the Tucuman border. The 6-inch diameter pipeline will have 350,000m3/d capacity, Salta's mining and energy resources secretary Ricardo Alonso told BNamericas.

The pipeline will include a valve in Tolombon, meaning the provinces to Salta's south could connect to the line.

"An enormous necessity has arisen in the towns of western Tucuman, western Catamarca and western La Rioja. There are a large number of towns that cannot have gas unless they connect to this new gas pipeline," Alonso said.

Each of the provincial governments will designate a delegate to take steps to determine an extension's prospective route and means of financing the works.

The extension could stretch some 400km along Route 40, Alonso said.

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