Urucu-Manaus Gas Pipeline

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Urucu-Manaus Gas Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline.[1]


The pipeline runs from Urucu, Brazil and passes through Coari and Anamã, Brazil, to Manaus, Brazil.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Transportadora Urucu-Manaus S.A.
  • Parent Company: Petrobras
  • Current capacity: 20 billion cubic meters per year
  • Proposed capacity:
  • Length: 411 miles / 661 km
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2009


The Urucu-Manaus Gas Pipeline transports natural gas from Urucu, which is the largest onshore natural gas reserve in Brazil. The pipeline supplies the cities of Coari, Codajás, Anori, Anamã, Caapiranga, Manacapuru, Iranduba, and Manaus. The pipeline was inaugurated on 26 November 2009, and it is operated by Transportadora Urucu-Manaus S.A., a subsidiary of Petrobras.[2][3]

Financial Irregularities

According to a March 2019 review by the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL) Amazonas Energia bought more fuel than recommended from the pipeline and paid more than for gas from other retail outlets.[4]


The 661 km (411 mi) long pipeline consists of three sections. For the first section, a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) pipeline from the production facility in Urucu to Coari was switched to carrying natural gas, while parallel to this a new 285 km (177 mi) long 250 mm (10 in) LPG pipeline was constructed.[5] The second section connects Coari and Anamã and the third section connects Anamã-Manaus. In addition to the main trunkline, the pipeline has seven branches.[2]

Technical features

The construction of the pipeline was completed in October 2009.[6] In the first stage of its operation, the pipeline transported 17 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas per year.[7] The total capacity of the pipeline is 20 bcm of natural gas per year.[8]

Articles and resources


  1. Urucu-Manaus pipeline, Wikipedia, accessed February 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Petrobras to Bring Urucu-Coari-Manaus Gas Pipeline On Stream", Downstream Today (2009-11-25). Retrieved on 2009-11-26. 
  3. "Petrobras Secures Funds for Amazon Pipelines", Downstream Today (2007-12-13). Retrieved on 2008-05-17. 
  4. Eletrobras recebe crédito de R$ 1,5 bilhão em recursos de subsídio, D42 am Economia, Mar. 15, 2019
  5. "Petrobras starts on $500m pipe", NHST Media Group (2006-06-01). Retrieved on 2008-05-17. 
  6. "Urucu-Manaus Operating", Global Energy (2009-09-11). Retrieved on 2009-11-17. 
  7. Urucu–Manaus gas pipeline. Scandinavian Oil & Gas Magazine (2006-06-21). Retrieved on 2007-05-12.
  8. Urucu-Coari-Manaus and Urucu-Coari Gas Pipeline Projects. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2005-12-31). Retrieved on 2008-05-17.

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