• Investment in transport infrastructure to push Argentinian shale gas

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

The expansion of shale gas production from the Vaca Muerta basin in the south of Argentina has taken another step, with Transportadora de Gas del Sur announcing plans to invest US$250 million (€203 million) over the next two years in gas transportation infrastructure. A major part will be spent on a 92 km gathering pipeline, with a capacity of 1.3 billion cubic feet per day (which is about 25% of the capacity of the Nordstream pipeline linking Russia to northern Europe). Vaca Muerta is the world’s second largest shale field, and Argentina is hoping to become a major player in the gas export business, with transportation capacity currently seen as the limiting factor in such plans. Transportadora de Gas del Sur is planning on investing US$800 million (€650 million) on infrastructure and facilities over the coming years, and it may be that Argentina is talked of more often in the next decade when it comes to worldwide gas markets.