Argentina’s ‘first mile’ pipeline challenge

The signs are good for Argentina’s unconventional gas production in 2017. But are the country’s pipelines up to the job?
By The Wildcat 26 January 2017
Beyond the gathering pipelines Argentina’s trunklines have plenty of capacity to deal with the new production. (TGN)

Making a shale champion out of Argentina was always going to be a marathon, not a sprint. However, the first mile could prove to be the toughest of all.

The country’s so-called ‘gathering lines’ – the labyrinth of gas pipelines that run from fields to processing plants and also feed into Argentina’s main network – are struggling to cope with the increase in transit.

The lines, which typically have a capacity of 2-4 million cubic metres per day (MMcm/d), are too small for the job now...

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