Countries in the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR) have proposed an "energy ring" that would distribute natural gas through a gas line network that would connect five countries. The project is slated to be completed by 2007 and represents an effort to alleviate the shortages of natural gas that have been aggravating citizens and businesses in the region. Although Bolivia, the continent's second-largest holder of natural gas reserves, is not currently included in the energy ring, the current government in La Paz has made efforts to keep future partnerships open.
NotiSur writers. "Five Southern Cone countries form "energy ring" to integrate natural gas network." (2010). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/la_energy_notien/100