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Revolutionizing Gas Supply in Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires Gas S.A. Authorized for Expansion Project

In a move set to transform the gas landscape in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Gas S.A. has been given the green light to proceed with its ambitious project titled “Natural Gas Feeder Line to the Towns of Moquehuá (Chivilcoy District), Norberto de la Riestra (25 de Mayo District), and Pedernales (25 de Mayo District)”. This intervention by the National Gas Regulatory Entity marks a significant milestone in the region’s energy infrastructure.

A New Gas Initiative Takes Flight

The authorization granted to Buenos Aires Gas S.A. paves the way for this groundbreaking endeavor. The project aims to enhance gas accessibility and reliability for residents in Moquehuá, Norberto de la Riestra, and Pedernales, ushering in a new era of energy efficiency and sustainability in the region.

The Regulatory Resolution Unveiled

The project’s execution has been authorized under the provisions of Article 16 of Law No. 24.076, its regulations, and ENARGAS Resolution No. I-910/09. This regulatory resolution outlines the stringent requirements that must be met to ensure compliance and safety throughout the construction process.

What Does the Authorization Entail?

Comprehensive Approval: Buenos Aires Gas S.A. is authorized to initiate the project upon meeting various prerequisites, including approved construction project plans, necessary permits from relevant authorities, and coordination with other service providers to address potential interference issues.

Priority Shift: The resolution also signifies a shift in priority, with Camuzzi Gas Pampeana S.A. relinquishing its rights to construct and operate the gas supply infrastructure in the designated areas.

Operational Mandate: With the authorization granted, Buenos Aires Gas S.A. is tasked with operating and maintaining the gas supply infrastructure within the specified parameters outlined in ENARGAS Resolution No. 35/93.

Environmental Considerations at the Forefront

Before commencing construction, Buenos Aires Gas S.A. must secure all required environmental permits and approvals from the relevant authorities. This includes conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) if deemed necessary, adhering to established environmental procedures outlined in their Environmental Procedures Manual, and implementing technical measures outlined in their Environmental Management Program.

Regulatory Oversight Ensured

Transportadora de Gas del Sur S.A. is mandated to ensure strict adherence to technical and technological standards throughout the project, as per the regulations governing gas transportation services.

Streamlining Regulatory Processes

Exemptions granted to Buenos Aires Gas S.A. from certain regulatory requirements aim to streamline processes and facilitate the timely execution of the project.

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Commitment to Customer Satisfaction

Buenos Aires Gas S.A. is obligated to address any customer grievances arising from the project promptly, ensuring a seamless transition for all stakeholders involved.

Operational Preparedness

Ahead of project commencement, Buenos Aires Gas S.A. is directed to ensure adequate staffing, assets, equipment, and technical documentation in compliance with prevailing regulatory standards.

Compliance with Insurance Regulations

Prior to assuming responsibilities as a Subdistributor, Buenos Aires Gas S.A. must fulfill insurance contract requirements as stipulated in ENARGAS Resolution No. 3.676/06.

A Vision for Expansion

While the current authorization pertains to specific project details, any future network extensions must align with existing regulatory frameworks.

Administrative Formalities

Notification requirements outlined in regulatory decrees ensure all relevant stakeholders are kept informed throughout the process.

Closing Thoughts

The resolution signifies a significant step forward in enhancing gas accessibility and reliability for residents in Moquehuá, Norberto de la Riestra, and Pedernales. With regulatory hurdles cleared, Buenos Aires Gas S.A. is poised to embark on this transformative journey, ushering in a new era of energy efficiency and sustainability in the region.

Carlos Alberto María Casares e. 05/03/2024 N° 10638/24 v. 05/03/2024

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