US$2.2bn Bolivia petchem project draws 5 groups

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Five groups submitted offers to carry out the FEED-EPC work for Bolivia's US$2.2bn propylene and polypropylene project in gas-rich Tarija department.

The bidders were UTE TCM-TR (Tecnimont-Técnicas Reunidas), Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção Internacional, Kellogg Brown & Root, UTE Polipropileno Yacuiba (Samsung Engineering-Intecsa Ingeniería Industrial) and Consorcio Wuhuan-WPC-QPEC, according to information from state hydrocarbons company YPFB.

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Construction of the complex at Cabaña El Algarrobal in the municipality of Yacuiba is penciled in to begin toward the end of 2017 and operations startup in 2021.

CREDIT: YPFB

The plant will have capacity to process 906t/d of propane supplied by YPFB's Gran Chaco liquids separation plant to produce 250,000t/y of polypropylene. Some 10-20% of output will be allocated to the domestic market and the rest exported to countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Peru and China.

The complex will use processing technologies Oleflex and Spheripol.

In recent days, YPFB launched a call to operate and maintain the US$917mn Bulo Bulo ammonia and urea plant.