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  31-07-2006

Keeping within schedule the Anaco Gas Project forges ahead

Anaco.- The moving on site of the turbines and compressors to be part of the Anaco Gas Project began this past week. PDVSA GAS’s flagship project will contribute to the handling of 2,800 million cubic feet per day (m cu ft/d) in the installations of Petróleos de Venezuela’s Gas Production Anaco.

The first equipment shipment was placed on the location where the future San Joaquín Operating Center will be built. The construction there of the foundations for the compression machinery which is to handle some 870 m cu ft/d of natural gas have recently been completed.

According to planning, the construction phase of the San Joaquín facility is due to be completed in 18 months, which fits with the schedule set by the engineering, technical and operating teams that will be in charge of the Project’s start-up phase.

The San Joaquín Operating Center will house a total of 9 turbo-compressor packages with the Solar brand, this being the company that won the international tender, and which will also supply the 10 equipment packages to operate in the Santa Rosa Operating Center installations, and which are due to arrive this month.

Similarly, the Zapato Mata R facility expects to receive the equipment to handle this operational zone’s gas during the first quarter of 2007.

The first phase of the Anaco Gas Project (AGP), which covers the construction of operating centers in the Santa Rosa, Zapato Mata R and San Joaquín areas, will handle some 2,100 m cu ft/d of gas and be completed by the middle of next year, the second phase covers the construction of another four operating centers in the areas of Santa Ana, Soto Mapiri, Aguasay and El Toco, with a handling capacity of approximately 700 m cu ft/d, which is due to begin operating by the end of 2008.              

The Anaco Gas Project is currently obtaining the necessary authorizations from the PDVSA GAS Board of Directors to proceed with the international tender to choose the companies that will provide the machinery required for the operation of PGA Phase II, a project assigned to Petróleos de Venezuela’s gas subsidiary.

This PDVSA Anaco Gas Production project will enable it to replace the old infrastructure and operate modern installations that will guarantee the secure supply required by the Venezuelan population’s growing gas demand and, at the same time, contribute to the National Gasification Plan, which is guided by the policies of the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.