As of the second half of March, the interconnection of the transportation systems of Natural gas from the interior and the Caribbean coasta project developed by Promigás and TGI, a subsidiary of Grupo Energía Bogotá (GEB).
The system debuts with the transportation of 7 million cubic feet of gas per day (mpcd), which will flow from the interior of the country (Campo Cusiana) to Ballena, using a counterflow enabled from Barrancabermeja to Ballena by TGI.
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Subsequently, with the connection of the TGI and Promigasthe gas will be transported to Cartagena to finally be consumed in Reficar as raw material.
The president of Promigás, Juan Manuel Rojas, assured that this new infrastructure includes greater reliability to the gas system in Colombia, «contributing with this to the dynamism and integration of the natural gas market in the country and providing security in the supply and diversification in the supply of this resource».
It will offer greater reliability to the gas system, thereby contributing to the dynamism and integration of the natural gas market.
In this first use of the interconnection, in addition to the 7 mcfd, 50 mcfd of additional transportation capacity will be made available to the petrochemical market, which will be opposed from the coast to the interior of the country for the entire natural gas industry.
In this way, there will be new supply options in the event of shortfalls or the offer that may be presented can be transported, regardless of where the natural gas sources are located, in order to not affect the supply to Colombians.
«This is great news for the sector aimed at having a national natural gas market, promoting the decarbonization of industries, thermal agents and other demand segments,» said Mónica Contreras, president of TGI.
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The need for interconnection and bidirectionality of the system was diagnosed by Upme and the Ministry of Mines and Energy, within the Natural Gas Supply Plan, with the purpose of enable a robust, reliable system and with security in its supply.
To this end, said plan currently mandates the need to have projects that incorporate a capacity to transport natural gas from the interior to the coast of 100 mcfd and in the opposite direction for 170 mcfd.
For these capabilities to become a reality, it is necessary that the creg conclude the assessment of the projects and report them to the transporters so that they can execute them.
Thus, said capacity will be available to the entire natural gas market in the country, allowing transactions and commercial commitments between the different fields of the coast and the demand of the interiorand vice versa, achieving an interconnected natural gas market.