A new gas pipeline is expected to be inaugurated in western Cuba in late August, as part of investments in the oil sector with views to obtaining greater economic and environmental improvements for the country.

A new gas pipeline is expected to be inaugurated in western Cuba in late August, as part of investments in the oil sector with views to obtaining greater economic and environmental improvements for the country.The works, which began in early February, will allow for the reduction of the volumes of gas from the Seboruco and Yumuri wells (Mayabeque and Matanzas provinces, respectively) burned in the air.

The 12.8 kilometer-long pipeline will enable the Yumuri gas processing plant to be connected with a similar facility in Puerto Escondido, said Lincón Rivero Rosales, the head of the field operations.

The project will ultimately improve the production of power from the accompanying gas, as well as the manufactured gas supply for Havana residents, the expert explained.

The ongoing operations entail hard and very accurate work intended to guarantee that the pipes are hermetically sealed, given that the gas will circulate at a very high pressure, noted Rivero Rosales.

This investment will allow environmental pollution to be reduced, saving foreign currency in the acquisition of oil for power generation and further increasing the gas supply for the Cuban homes in the capital, he commented.

According to Rivero Rosales, the construction phase is complex due to the characteristics of the field, the excavation works for burying the huge pipes and the extremely rigorous technical requirements for the welding procedures.

As part of the project, the reforestation efforts in the area that had been cleared up for the operations are making good progress as well.

A new gas pipeline is expected to be inaugurated in western Cuba in late August, as part of investments in the oil sector with views to obtaining greater economic and environmental improvements for the country.Manuel Garay, general manager of the Hydrocarbon Transportation Company, informed that the project is moving forward as planned for the phases related to clearing-up, road construction, digging, welding and covering underground and surface structures.

All safety conditions are being guaranteed, “because we know that the most insignificant problem might present severe damage to the environment. Hence, we are constantly checking our equipment so as to correct any possible errors,” he commented.

The Hydrocarbon Transportation Company has vast experience in the systematic supervision of the pipeline systems laid out all over the Cuban territory.

Cuba currently has 307 kilometers of master pipelines that guarantee the fuel supply for planes and the national power system, as well as the gas supply for power generation and household use in the capital, Garay said.

Cuba has predicted a two percent increase in its Gross Domestic Product for this year. 58 percent of the investment plan is intended to cover key economic areas such as tourism, agriculture, livestock and energy and oil, according to the Cuban Economy Ministry.

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