O&M contract for US$900mn Bolivia ammonia plant generates buzz

Monday, November 28, 2016

At least a dozen companies have expressed interest in operating and maintaining Bolivia's US$917mn Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant.

Information from state hydrocarbons firm YPFB reveals that inquiries were submitted by AESA, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Contreras, Exterran, Hallmark Engineering, Jereh, JPNOR, Massy Energy, MDK, Pemac, Proplantinc, Stork and ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions.

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The deadline to submit offers for the 730-day O&M contract was extended to December 5.

As part of the country's export-oriented natural gas industrialization push, YPFB also has a bidding process underway to carry out the FEED-EPC work for a US$2.2bn propylene and polypropylene project.

In a related note, YPFB launched operations of a satellite regasification station (pictured below) in Rurrenabaque, Beni department, as part of the country's virtual LNG supply project.

The station, distribution network and other complementary works cost 26mn bolivianos (US$3.75mn) and will benefit 1,835 residents via 367 connections.