New crude unit at Bolivia refinery 51.2% complete – YPFB

18 February 2014 21:31 Source:ICIS News

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--The construction of a new 12,500 bbl/day crude processing unit at the Gualberto Villarroel refinery in central Bolivia is 51.2% complete, the nation’s state-run oil company Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) said on Tuesday.

The $93.6m facility will be the second crude unit at the 27,500 bbl/day Gualberto Villarroel refinery, and when completed will boost liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) production at the facility by about 63 tonnes/day and diesel oil production by 20m litres/month (5.3m gal/month), YPFB said.

According to the company, key pieces of equipment – including a debutaniser tower, a naphtha separator and a diesel stripper column – began arriving at the site in Cochabamba department on Tuesday.

Accumulators, drums, drainage separators, gas filters, control and instrumentation equipment and over 500 tonnes of piping have also been delivered to the facility, with the remaining equipment expected to arrive next month.

The unit’s construction, which began in September 2013, is on schedule and expected to be completed in September this year, the company said.

The Gualberto Villarroel facility produces a mix of refined products, including LPG, gasoline, jet fuel, diesel oil, asphalt and solvents, according to YPFB information.

The company also operates the 21,000 bbl/day Guillermo Elder Bell refinery in the southeastern department of Santa Cruz.

By Simon West