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Bolivia will send 3,000 metric tons of LPG to Argentina

The fuel will be sent from the Carlos Villegas separation and liquids plant, which is located in Tarija.


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  • During the 2018 administration, YPFB plans to sell in Paraguay a volume of 66,000 metric tons per year of LPG. (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Bolivia agreed to send 3,000 metric tons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to the Argentine company Amarilla Gas, says Óscar Barriga, president of Bolivian state oil company YPFB.

Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) and the Argentine company Amarilla Gas signed an agreement this week, according to a statement released yesterday by the national oil company.

"On Wednesday the first export of 3,000 metric tons of LPG was made to the Argentine market, it is a new market of high competitiveness outside of Paraguay, Uruguay, and Peru," Barriga said at a gas and oil investment event in Tarija, as per Daily Correo.

The fuel will be sent from the Carlos Villegas separation and liquids plant, which is located in the Gran Chaco province of Tarija, bordering Argentina and Paraguay.

Liquefied petroleum gas will have "significant participation as an energy source" in Asia and Latin America over the next decade due to trends in practices around the world, according to the statement.

"Although at the global level, Bolivia represents a small participation as a producer, LPG marketer is currently becoming an important LPG supplier to countries in the region," said Barriga.

The plant has a maximum processing capacity of 32 million cubic meters per day (Mm3 / d) of gas to produce up to 2,240t / d of liquefied petroleum gas, 3,144t / d of ethane, 1,650b / d of natural gasoline and 1044b / d of isopentane.

The bulk of the production will be used to develop the country's petrochemical industry and another part for export to the Argentine market.

The plant is supplied with the rich gas produced by the Margarita-Huacaya field, to extract, through a process of cryogenization, the rich hydrocarbons, and then send the gas to the Argentine market.

During the 2018 administration, YPFB plans to sell in Paraguay a volume of 66,000 metric tons per year of LPG.

On average, per month, the goal is to send 5,500 metric tons (MT) of the product in winter and 4,800 MT in summer to the neighboring country.

In the middle of last year, YPFB Corporation increased the production of the LPG volume from 135 thousand to 155 thousand bottles for the winter period in order to supply domestic demand.

With the start-up of the Rio Grande Liquid Separation Plant, Bolivia reached LPG self-supply, raising the national production from 987 to 1,307 Metric Tons per day, volumes that allow the state oil company to guarantee the supply of this energy at any time of the year and an increase in demand, according to company data.

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