Roundup: Bolivia LPG, VNG; Costa Rica storage; Guatemala certification

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Friday, July 4, 2014

LPG use in Bolivia in the first five months this year totaled 15.9mn cylinders compared to 15.4mn in January-May 2013.

Hydrocarbons regulator ANH attributed the increase to new control and supervision mechanisms such as sending ANH technicians with supply trucks, the watchdog said in a statement.

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Bolivia's hydrocarbons industrialization, commercialization, transport and storage undersecretary Álvaro Arnez announced simpler requirements to install VNG service stations. Investors no longer need municipal approval of topographical plans, land location or project architecture, the hydrocarbons and energy ministry said in a statement.

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Costa Rica's state refiner Recope reported that Felguera is completing installation of two 4,000m3 LPG storage spheres at the company's Moín complex as part of LPG storage system project Sagas. The spheres are due online in January and March. A third will enter operations in the second half 2015 and a fourth in 2016.

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And Guatemala received certification from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, which supports improved governance in resource-rich countries through the verification and full publication of company payments and government revenues from oil, gas and mining.

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