|Trans-Caribbean gas pipeline|
Location of Trans-Caribbean gas pipeline
|Country||Venezuela, Colombia, Panama|
|General direction||west-east (east-west)|
|To||Ballena gas fields, La Guajira, Colombia|
|Operator||Petróleos de Venezuela S.A.|
|Length||224.4 km (139.4 mi)|
|Maximum discharge||5 billion cubic meters per year|
The first stage of the pipeline is 224.4 kilometres (139.4 mi) long and it runs from Maracaibo in the state of Zulia in Venezuela to Puerto Ballena gas fields in La Guajira, Colombia. At the first stage, the pipeline pumps natural gas from Colombia to Venezuela. Transported gas is used by Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. for injection in its oil reservoirs to boost oil production. Natural gas is supplied by Ecopetrol and Chevron Corporation. At the second stage by 2012, the pipeline would be reversed to pump natural gas from Venezuela to Colombia and further to Panama.
The operator of the pipeline is Petróleos de Venezuela.
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- "Construction starts on Colombia-Venezuela natural gas pipeline". EFE. 2006-07-08. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- "Ecopetrol, Chevron Ship 300MM Cf/D of Gas to Venezuela". Downstream Today. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2009-07-26.