Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), Bolivia’s state-owned and operated petrol company, will this week begin construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant as part of the country’s goal to diversify its energy system in the country, using its own natural gas resource. The liquefaction plant’s LNG will be distributed in tankers to 33 re-gasification Satellite Stations (ESR) located in 26 towns of Bolivia, for use in part as CNG for natural gas vehicles.
The plant will produce 210 metric tons day (TMD), and will be located in Rio Grande, in the department of Santa Cruz. The feed gas for the liquefaction plant will mainly come from current output from the Rio Grande gas liquids separation plant. IN th event of an emergency or for scheduled shutdowns continuous gas supply will be ensured by connection to GASYRG and YABOG pipelines.
It is anticipated that the plant will commence operation in the second half of 2014; it will have 32 cryogenic tanks to transport LNG nationwide.