Natural Gas hierarchies questioned the Government’s lack of foresight that led to the shortage and stressed that there is “a user population that rigorously pays its bills.”

Natural Gas hierarchies questioned the Government’s lack of foresight that led to the shortage and stressed that there is “a user population that rigorously pays its bills.”
Natural Gas hierarchies questioned the Government’s lack of foresight that led to the shortage and stressed that there is “a user population that rigorously pays its bills.”

The union of Hierarchical Personnel of the Gas Industry (APJGas) enrolled in the CTA and headed by Rubén Ruiz, questioned the Government’s mismanagement regarding the public service of natural gas, especially CNG’s, electric generators and industries, which led to shortage. “It originates from the government’s vision of business and public service,” they said.

Firstly, they noted that “the decision to adjust public spending without developing an order of priorities affected the completion of the work at theTrayen and Salliqueló Compressor Plants in the Néstor Kirchner Gas Pipeline (GNK), which implies a loss of gas transportation.” natural gas of 11/12 million m3/day and also delayed the Mercedes-Cardales gas pipeline.

Secondly, they pointed to the problems brought about by “the gradual dismantling of Cammesa and its disengagement from the management of CNG (section 1), the gas imported from Bolivia and the contracted gas from the ships in Escobar (15% of the natural gas to be transported). ) at the hands of Enarsa” because this “prevents comprehensive and unified management of the existing tools to deal with moments of crisis.”

Thirdly, they detailed that there was a decision to hire 10 ships instead of 20 to face the cold and this would have been a miscalculation. «The sustained cold came early, the LNG ships are not there and the State has to go out and buy 200,000 tons of fuel oil and 350,000 m3 of gas oil for an amount of US$ 500 million that cannot be transferred to the gas bill. ».

The end of the story ends with another million-dollar disbursement from public coffers due to mismanagement of state affairs such as the supply of gas from a country that produces it: “In addition, they pressured the natural gas distributors to buy the gas from the ships at the contracted price (U$s 12 per 27 m/3) and that they sold it for U$s 4. The distributors refused, the tender was void, the purchase and sale process was delayed and, finally, “The State agreed to take care of the difference via new subsidies.”

In another order, they pointed out that the delay in the bidding process for GNK 2, which would provide another 20/22 million m/3 per day, is another blow against them: “Let us remember that the first tranche of GNK was carried out in record time with financing from the “wealth tax that this government is not willing to reissue.”

Finally, they pointed to another delay in works but of the Northern Gasoduct that was stopped “because the financing style was under discussion, despite the fact that the Brazilian BND has already agreed to a loan equivalent to 75% of the cost of the work and because there are delays in the planned payments with companies that began the work. The current reversion is a minimized version of the original and will allow only the motor compressors of the four plants in question to be used and not their turbines. Of course, in this item, the private parties discussed their contributions to the limit and the government intended not to use that loan from the Brazilian state bank. “Unnecessary delays that accumulate obstacles that could be overcome if there were no unpredictability.”

For all these reasons, APJGas considered that «Earning money is not the same as privileging the public service of a Nation with a user population that rigorously pays its bills (the default rate is less than 5%). “Interests crackle and are revealed with total crudeness.”

 
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