Bolivia EBIH seeks interest for two plastic processing projects

30 September 2013 23:54  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Bolivia’s EBIH has invited firms to join its database for the basic and detailed engineering, procurement, construction, start-up, operation and maintenance of the Petrocasas and El Alto petrochemical complexes, the state-owned hydrocarbons industrialisation company said on Monday.

EBIH, a subsidiary of state-run oil company YPFB, also put out a separate call for the supervisory work on both projects.

The Petrocasas plant in Caracollo, Oruro department, will produce polymer kits for the construction of prefabricated houses, while the El Alto plant in Bolivia’s capital La Paz will produce tubes and accessories for the country’s natural gas works.

Interested parties have until 31 October to submit details, the company said.

EBIH was created by the Bolivian government in 2008 and is charged with developing domestic gas-fuelled heavy industry.

The company announced last month that it was planning to invest some $2.73bn (€2.02bn) over the next four years to build a total of seven new petrochemical complexes.

In addition to the Petrocasas and El Alto projects, the company plans to build a 500,000 tonne/year methanol petrochemical complex; a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant; a benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) plant; and an ethylene oxide (EO) and ethylene glycol (EG) plant.

($1 = €0.74)

By: Simon West

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