Paraná-Uruguayana Gas Pipeline

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Paraná-Uruguayana Gas Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline.[1]


The pipeline runs from Paraná, Argentina to Uruguayana, Brazil.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Transportadora de Gas de Mercosur, Transportadora Sul Brasileira de Gas
  • Parent Company: Techint, Total S.A., Petronas, Compañia General de Combustibles, CMS Energy, Gaspetro, Petroleo Ipiranga, Repsol YPF
  • Current capacity: 5.5 billion cubic meters per year
  • Proposed capacity:
  • Length: 280 miles / 451 km
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2000


The pipeline was constructed by Techint. Construction started in August 1999 and the pipeline became operational in July 2000.[2] It was inaugurated by presidents of Brazil and Argentina, Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Fernando de la Rúa on 18 August 2000 at Paso de los Libres.[3]

Technical description

The pipeline length is 451 km (280 mi), of which 25 km (16 mi) is laid in Brazil. It has diameter of 610 mm (24 in) and it has a capacity of 5.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year.[4] The pipeline cost US$250 million.

The pipeline supplies natural gas to a 600-MW power plant in Uruguayana. Construction of a planned 615 km (382 mi) extension from Uruguayana to Porto Alegre began in 2002,[4] but only 50 km (31 mi) had been built as of 2004 and the extension appears have been cancelled.[5]


The Argentine section is operated by Transportadora de Gas de Mercosur. This is a joint venture of Techint, Total S.A., Petronas, Compañia General de Combustibles, and CMS Energy. The Brazilian section is operated by Transportadora Sul Brasileira de Gas, a joint venture of Gaspetro (subsidiary of Petrobras), Petroleo Ipiranga, Repsol YPF, and Techint.[4]

Articles and resources


  1. Paraná–Uruguaiana pipeline, Wikipedia, accessed February 2018
  2. "Techint Begins TGM Pipeline Works", Business News Americas (1999-08-03). Retrieved on 2009-12-24. 
  3. "Presidents to Inaugurate Parana-Uruguaiana Pipeline", Business News Americas (2000-08-16). Retrieved on 2009-12-24. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 (2003) South American Gas. Daring to Tap the Bounty (PDF), International Energy Agency/OECD, 60; 114–115; 156; 159–160. ISBN 92-64-19663-3. Retrieved on 2007-05-12. 
  5. Gas Market Integration in the Southern Cone, p.94, Inter-American Development Bank, 2004

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