Energy Secretary Darío Martínez with his counterpart from Uruguay, Omar Paganini, and Ambassador Carlos Enciso
The Secretary of Energy, Darío Martínez, met this Wednesday with the Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining of Uruguay, Omar Paganini, and they agreed to deepen the energy cooperation between the two countries, including the possibility to sell natural gas to Ancap, from neighboring countries.
At Wednesday’s meeting, in which Uruguay’s ambassador to Argentina Carlos Enciso also participated, it was agreed “the work of the technical fields to advance a common agenda that allows the establishment of mechanisms of cooperation and strengthening energy integration between Argentina and Uruguay, ”it reported in a statement.
Among the topics discussed were the status of electrical interconnection and energy exchange, as well as the possibilities of selling gas through the firm or interruptible contracts between IEASA and the National Administration of Alcohol and Portland Fuels (Ancap), it is specified.
The trip also included the president of Uruguay’s state oil company, Alejandro Stanicic, who on Tuesday admitted that there may be problems in Uruguay of gas supply for cylinder, which in neighboring countries they call “supergas”.
ANCAP announced that due to the power outage at the La Teja refinery, which adds to union protests, it has activated emergency import from Argentina of 60 trucks of gas for cooking, and two shipments to ensure supply.
On the other hand, at the beginning of the meeting with Paganini and Ambassador Enciso, Martínez expressed his desire that “this first meeting be the beginning of an agenda of definitions that allow us to integrate on energy issues.”
And he added that “the goal is to open doors in Uruguay with different areas of each of our agencies to work together, to see how to complement each other to achieve synergy between the capacities of the two countries. “
For his part, Minister Paganini pointed out that “in electricity Uruguay has many renewable generations, it can be exported; Argentina has all the potential for gas development ”.