Global steel manufacturer Tenaris SA has won a contract for the natural gas pipeline that would connect Argentina’s Vaca Muerta shale formation to capital Buenos Aires and other large consumption areas.

After three years of “low activity,” Tenaris’s mill in Valentín Alsina, Buenos Aires, is set to start operations to supply welded pipes for the 24 MMm3/d Néstor Kirchner pipeline, the company said. Tenaris is a subsidiary of Argentine conglomerate Techint SA de CV.

The company’s mill will “start working three shifts (24/7) to reach record levels, figures that had only been matched by the Loma la Lata project in 1986,” Tenaris said. Loma la Lata is a major oil and gas field in Neuquén.

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