Argentine officials last week celebrated the launch of the Néstor Kirchner pipeline to bring natural gas from the Vaca Muerta shale deposit to capital Buenos Aires.


“Here in Argentina we have natural gas for another 200 years, and gas is the energy that the world has decided will be the transition fuel to renewable energies,” President Alberto Fernández said during an official ceremony from Neuquén province. He was flanked by company CEOs and local politicians.

Fernández said the new pipeline would give the country “energy peace of mind.”

Argentine state firm Integración Energética Argentina (Ieasa) is in charge of the project. Ieasa head Agustín Gerez reportedly said the project would be tendered in mid-May with construction to begin in September. In-service...