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Construction

Through a well-planned and conscious work, TBG constructed the Bolivia-Brazil Natural Gas Pipeline, based on values widely spread by the company, respecting nature and society. Always in a transparent and accountable manner.

Balance in Progress

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During the construction of the Bolivia-Brazil Gas Pipeline, which generated 25 thousand direct or indirect jobs in the country, one of the first services offered by TBG was the "Gas Hotline" (still available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week), as an important instrument of communication and transparency. During the construction, the service attended to monitoring the employees within the relation to the communities impacted by the pipeline work and informing the people living nearby TBG’s installations about natural gas benefits and the global impact of the pipeline on their lives.

Concern with the Environment

Care was taken to divert the Pipeline original route to avoid the felling of forests. One of the biggest challenges was crossing the 85 km of Pantanal Sul Matogrossense. It received special attention: even work schedules were set to prevent noise interfering, for example, on bird migration. Water resources remained exactly as they were before the work: the pipes were buried in 2-meter wide trenches, at depth between 1.20 and 2.50 meters below the riverbeds.

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As the region is flat and very wet, buoys and a special concrete coating were used to facilitate the installation in the trenches, often submerged, and increase pipe weight. Thirty-two inches (81 cm) carbon steel pipes were used to ensure the daily supply estimated in 30 million cubic meters. At railway, road and river crossings, the technique of directional drilling was used. In this technique, overlapped pipes called casing pipes increase the operation safety.  
 
Acknowledgment

For TBG, quality includes a commitment to ensure the safety of the communities that live around the Pipeline, and also to contribute to their sustainable development. A letter from representatives of 18 indigenous villages, addressed to the President of the World Bank, highlighted the care of the Pipeline constructors with the indigenous people as an “unprecedented factor of respect”.  

 

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