Bolivia Completes Gas Pipeline to Argentina

Bolivia Completes Gas Pipeline to ArgentinaLa Paz, May 30. -Authorities of the state-owned oil company Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) confirmed the completion of the gas pipeline Juana Azurduy to increase petroleum exports to Argentina.

According to the vice president of operations of the company, Ramon Navas, interconnection operations will end on Tuesday, May 31 with all the mechanical works.

Today, hydraulic tests are being done to confirm the integrity and strength of the product.

Between June 1 and 5, it is planned to clean the 13 km long gas pipeline, which extends from Campo Grande to Madrejones, near the border with the neighboring country, he said.

For its part, Argentina's ambassador in Bolivia, Horacio Macedo, said the pipeline is a strategic alliance on energy.

The inauguration of the Integration Gas pipeline Juana Azurduy (GIJA) will take place by the end of June, with the presence, according to their agendas, of the presidents of Bolivia, Evo Morales, and Argentina, Cristina Fernandez, she said.

The new pipeline will initially send about 7.7 million cubic meters of gas a day, and through the years it will be connected to the pipeline from northeastern Argentina, with the possibility of sending up to 27.7 million cubic meters. (Prensa Latina)