A major element of the PERU LNG Project will be construction of a 34-inch diameter pipeline for the transportation of natural gas from Chinquintirca in the Ayacucho Mountains to the LNG Plant at Pampa Melchorita, located in the coast area. The pipeline would be approximately 408 kilometers in distance. It will pass through 22 districts, nine districts in Ayacucho (Paras, Socos, Vinchos, Tambillo, Acocro, Chiara, Acos Vinchos, San Miguel and Anco), four districts in Huancavelica (Ayaví, Tambo, Huaytará and Pilpichaca), eight in Ica (Huancano, Humay, Independencia-Pisco province and El Carmen, Alto Larán, Chincha Alta, Pueblo Nuevo and Grocio Prado - Chincha province) and one in Lima (Cañete).

In 2006, PERU LNG started a land use negotiation process with the purpose of building and installing the pipeline. The stages of the easement process are as follows:

  • PERU LNG informs the community about the day, time and place where the activities related to the easement process will be performed
  • PERU LNG formally invites the community's authorities to participate
  • PERU LNG visits the community in order to perform informative workshops
  • PERU LNG visits the lands involved in the construction and installation of the pipeline, depending on the route to be established
  • PERU LNG and the owner and/or holder of the land enter into a fair agreement after discussion

In 2005, PERU LNG evaluated the route that the pipeline may follow and gathered information for the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) for the pipeline project. The Pipeline Project ESIA, upon its completion, will uphold the strictest international standards for environmental and social responsibility.

The identification of the pipeline route involves the following activities:

  • Consideration of the environmental, physical, archaeological and technical criteria
  • Obtaining the expert advice of topographers, biologists, ecologists, geo-technicians and archaeologists who are participating in identifying the best possible route
  • Gathering of scientific data during the wet season from February through April 2005
  • Gathering of scientific data during the dry season in June and July 2005
  • Numerous meetings and workshops with government authorities, residents and NGOs -- in communities from the mountains to the coast -- who are stakeholders in this project

PERU LNG completed its evaluation of potential impacts of the pipeline project and developed a management plan to address the impacts in November 2005.

In the second semester of 2007, PERU LNG will select the pipeline contractor company. Construction is estimated to last 2 years.

See a map of the probable pipeline route.