Bolivia YPFB to start up refinery turbogenerators

05 March 2014 22:25 Source:ICIS News

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Bolivia’s Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) will start up three new turbogenerators at the country’s two largest oil refineries, the state-controlled energy producer said on Wednesday.

Two 4.7 megawatt (MW) Solar Taurus 70 turbogenerators have been delivered to the Gualberto Villarroel refinery in central Bolivia, while a 4.3 MW Solar Taurus 60 has been supplied to the Guillermo Elder Bell refinery in the southeast of the country, YPFB said in a statement.

The turbogenerators, which cost a total of $38m, are required to support ongoing refinery expansion projects, the company said.

A second crude processing unit at the 27,000 bbl/day Gualberto Villarroel refinery is currently being built, with expected start-up of the unit in September, YPFB said.

In July, construction will begin on a new catalytic reformer at Gualberto Villarroel, while in the same month, work will begin on a new isomerisation unit at the 21,000 bbl/day Guillermo Elder Bell refinery.

The modernisation projects at both refineries will allow Bolivia to be self-sufficient in special gasoline from 2015, according to the state-run company.

By Simon West