Transportadora Gas del Sur (TGS), an integrated services company of the natural gas chain, announced on Thursday that it will start the works to extend 32 kilometers the Vaca Muerta Gas Pipeline Northern Section, from the production areas identified as Los Toldos I South to El Trapial.
Within the framework of the Argentina Oil & Gas Exhibition, which is being held in the city of Neuquén, the company announced a work that will consolidate a 182-kilometer network of gas pipelines that it has been developing in the region.
The works, which will start this month and require an investment of US$ 60 million, will increase the number of production areas that the TGS pipeline crosses, allowing the injection of more gas from Vaca Muerta to the regulated transportation systems.
Thus, the company continues the process of expanding its midstream operations in Vaca Muerta, where it is present in the Tratayén area with its gas conditioning plant, which it built in 2018.
It also has in operation the Vaca Muerta Norte and Sur gas pipelines and other facilities that provide services to gas producing companies.
Precisely, Tratayén in the province of Neuquén will be the starting point of the Néstor Kirchner Gas Pipeline whose construction contracts for the first stage up to Saliquelló were signed yesterday in the presence of President Alberto Fernández.
"We are very proud to continue expanding TGS operations in Vaca Muerta, thus ratifying that the investments made have promoted efficient solutions for gas producers, since it solves the transportation and conditioning of production by adding value to natural gas", stated Oscar Sardi, CEO of TGS.
This year, the company doubled the condensate reception and natural gas stabilization capacity at its Tratayén plant and plans to continue making expansions for 2023 and 2024, to accompany the continued development of the basin.
The new Néstor Kirchner pipeline will increase by 25% the capacity of the natural gas transportation system and will help to develop the growing production in the Vaca Muerta field, for which the expansion of TGS pipelines will ensure its supply.
Specifically, when the initiative that the state-owned company Energía Argentina is completed, the transportation capacity will be increased by 24 million cubic meters (m3) of gas per day.
If the deadlines stipulated in the contracts are met, having the gas pipeline active before the winter of 2023 will allow Argentina to achieve energy self-sufficiency, which would imply a saving calculated in more than 2,200 million dollars a year in fuel imports and subsidies.