Reversal of Northern Gas Pipeilne: Techint Sacde consortium charged with lines two and three
The joint venture Unión Transitoria de Empresas (UTE) has been awarded the contract to build a pipeline that will supply the provinces in northern Argentina with gas from Vaca Muerta, substituting gas imported from Bolivia, where production is already registering a major decline.
The works assigned to Techint Engineering & Construction and SACDE (Unión Transitoria de Empresas – UTE) envisage building a 100-km, q36” gas pipeline running from the city of La Carlota to Tío Pujio in the Argentine province of Córdoba, a project split into two 50-km sections.
The aim is to reduce the costs of electricity generation and natural gas for industries operating in northern Argentina.
Going into detail
“Given the tight deadlines, the works will have to be executed simultaneously on different fronts so as to complete the project on time. This gas pipeline, which includes over 30 special crossings, has to be up and running by mid-August 2024, in compliance with all the safety, regulatory and operational conditions required to begin the gas filling and transportation process," explains Jose Ibarra, Project Manager.
Juan Carlos País, Project QHSE Sr. Manager, says: “When we were building the GPNK (President Nestor Kirchner Gas Pipeline), we achieved a record execution time of 10 months. With this project, the deadline is under seven months and, although the scope of work is not as great, the extremely tight deadline requires a huge effort in terms of mobilization to tackle all the tasks planned in the schedule.”
“We’ll be developing the project entirely in the province of Córdoba. This is an opportunity for us to participate once again in a strategic project for our country, working hard to meet the project objectives, but always prioritizing the safety and health of our employees, as well as safeguarding the environment and local culture, and strengthening our relationship with neighboring communities,” concludes Ibarra.