By ROBERT KOZAK
LIMA -- Kuntur Transportadora de Gas SAC, a unit of
Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, said it
is evaluating taking part in a government run project to build a pipeline for natural
gas to southern Peru.
Kuntur representative Marko Harasic told the Peruvian
securities regulatory agency that there may be synergies by
having Kuntur take part in the government run Southern Peruvian
Gas Pipeline, or GSP, which will be auctioned off by
privatization agency, ProInversion.
Kuntur has proposed building its own 1,000 km long pipeline
in southern Peru, called the Southern Andean Gas Pipeline, but
that project has stalled as the company
waits for approval of a contract modification from the Ministry
of Mines and Energy.
The Peruvian government withdrew funding guarantees for that
project and instead proposed its own project, saying that building a
pipeline to transport natural
gas from Peru's southeastern jungle region to the Pacific
coast is key to the country's energy security, and could also
be used to develop a petrochemical complex.
Dow Jones Newswires