YPFB to begin work on crude unit at Bolivia refinery

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.

The company announced earlier that construction of the Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant, also in the department of Cochabamba, would begin on 12 September.

($1 = €0.76)

By: Simon West

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