April 2015

HPI Focus: New vs. Debottlenecking

Bolivia expands petrochemical capability with Bulo Bulo ammonia complex

The Bulo Bulo ammonia-urea facility will be Bolivia’s first petrochemical venture. This new facility is expected to produce sufficient urea/ammonia supplies for domestic demand and will provide surplus product for export.

Nogarin, M., Contributing Writer

Bolivia’s national oil company (NOC), YPFB, enacted a strategic plan with goals of self-producing value-added hydrocarbons by 2022. The first phase of the expansion program included constructing five hydrocarbon-producing facilities at a cost of $1.95 B. These projects are: The Rio Grande liquid separation plant, which became operational in 2014 and produces LPG The Rio Grande LNG plant, which will begin operations in 2015. The Gran Chaco liquid separation plant, which will begin operations in 2015 The Bulo Bulo ammonia-urea plant, which is now under construction and will come online in 2016 The Valle Hermoso refinery expansion, which began producing diesel in October

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