Cruz del Sur Gas Pipeline

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Cruz del Sur Gas Pipeline is an operating gas pipeline.


The pipeline runs from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, and Montevideo, Uruguay.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Gasoducto Cruz del Sur S.A.
  • Parent Company: BG Group (40%), Pan American Energy (30%), ANCAP (20%), Wintershall (10%)
  • Current capacity: 1.8 Billion cubic meters per year
  • Proposed capacity:
  • Length: 134 miles / 215 km
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2002


Construction of the pipeline started in March 2001.[1] The pipeline was completed in November 2002 and it was inaugurated by the presidents of Uruguay and Argentina, Jorge Batlle Ibáñez and Eduardo Duhalde on 29 November 2002 in Montevideo.[2][3]

Technical description

The pipeline is 215 km (134 mi) long and it has capacity of 1.8 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year.[1][4] It cost US$150 million.[3]

The offshore section between Punta Lara (Argentina) and Santa Ana (Uruguay) across from the Río de la Plata is 57 km (35 mi) long. It has a diameter of 610 mm (24 in.) and a maximum pressure of 95 bars (9,500 kPa). The Uruguayan section is 145 km (90 mi) long and has a maximum pressure of 80 bars (8,000 kPa).

The pipeline is supplied from the gas fields in the Neuquén Basin.[1]


The pipeline is operated by Gasoducto Cruz del Sur S.A. and owned by consortium of BG Group (40%), Pan American Energy (30%), ANCAP (Uruguay) (20%), and Wintershall (10%).[1][2]

Proposed expansion

There is a proposal to prolong the pipeline to southern Brazil. The spur line would start in Colonia, Uruguay, and end in Porto Alegre, Brazil. 415 km (258 mi) would be laid in Uruguay and 505 km (314 mi) in Brazil.[1] In Rio Grande do Sul, it would be linked with the GASBOL pipeline.[4]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 (2003) South American Gas. Daring to Tap the Bounty (PDF), International Energy Agency IEA/OECD, 60–61; 114–115; 160. ISBN 92-64-19663-3. Retrieved on 2007-05-12. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Template:Cite press release
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Gas pipeline Cruz del Sur is inaugurated", El Cronista South American Business Information, South American Business Information (2002-11-29). Retrieved on 2009-12-24. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "MVOTMA Action Plan for Cruz del Sur Pipeline", Business News Americas (1999-12-21). Retrieved on 2009-12-24. 

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