06 September 2013 23:26 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Bolivia’s state-run oil company Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) said that the construction of a new crude processing unit at the Gualberto Villarroel refinery in the central Bolivian department of Cochabamba would begin on Saturday.
The $99.5m (€75.6m) unit will have a processing capacity of 12,500 bbl/day, and will increase the refinery’s total capacity by about 45% from 27,500 bbl/day to 40,000 bbl/day, according to YPFB.
The unit will boost LPG production by about 30%, or 60.3 metric tonnes/day, while output of diesel oil will increase by about 57%, or 20m litres/month, YPFB said. Start-up is expected in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The Gualberto Villarroel refinery produces a mixture of products, including LPG, gasoline, jet fuel, kerosene, diesel oil, asphalt and solvents, according to information on the company’s website.
YPFB also operates the 20,000 bbl/day Guillermo Elder Bell refinery in Santa Cruz.
($1 = €0.76)
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