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Works have begun on the Magallanes pipeline that will connect Tierra del Fuego island and the Argentine mainland, natural gas regulator Enargas reported.
The 37.7km, 24-inch pipeline will span the Magellan strait and connect Cabo Espíritu Santo in Tierra del Fuego with Cabo Vírgenes in Santa Cruz province.
Dutch cargo ship Apollogracht has begun the process of laying the 24-inch pipe in the port of Punta Quilla in Santa Cruz, while across the strait in Tierra del Fuego ship Prins Der Nederlanden has started dredging, Enargas said in a statement.
The pipeline will transport up to 17Mm3/d of gas from Tierra del Fuego to TGS's General San Martín pipeline. The duct will run parallel to an existing 30-year old pipeline.
Consorcio Magallanes Allseas-Boskalis won the pipeline construction tender earlier this year.