Brazil-Uruguay natural gas pipeline slated

Pan American Energy, BG plc, and Uruguay's state petroleum company Ancap have signed a memorandum of understanding with Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state government for construction of a $350 million, 920-km gas pipeline from Uruguay to the northern Brazil state. The pipeline will supply up to 525 MMcfd of Argentine gas from the Argentina-Uruguay border to Brazil by 2000-01. The final volume will depend upon market demand. The pipeline, dubbed Gasoduto Cruz del Sur, will have a 500-km leg in Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state and a 420 km-leg in Uruguay. Brazil's National Petroleum Agency recently authorized the project sponsors to import natural gas into Brazil fr...

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