Chile on Tuesday received its first delivery of natural gas from Argentina in more than a decade, President Sebastian Piñera announced following a deal signed by the two nations back in April.
"After 12 years, today we have managed to open the gas valves again," Pinera said yesterday, after the first delivery by pipeline from the Vaca Muerta gas field.
The conservative Chilean leader and President Mauricio Macri signed an energy deal last April on gas and electricity.
For Chile – a net importer of energy – the resumption of Argentine gas deliveries will enable it to replace "more expensive and more polluting" fuels like oil and coal, said Piñera. Analysts have said it would reduce electricity costs.