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Bolivia to replace diesel by liquefied natural gas in vehicles

Staff Writer |
Bolivia's state-owned YPFB is testing the short-term replacement of diesel consumption by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the heavy and public transport fleet.

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Oscar Barriga, CEO of Bolivian Fiscal Oilfields (YPFB), stated that the demand for fuel from these vehicles will be covered by the LNG Plant located in Rio Grande, Santa Cruz department.

Barriga said they work together with the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and the conversion entity so that in the coming years public and heavy transport uses natural gas in the form of LNG, a project of direct impact on imports and the economy.

He stressed that the initiative makes synergy with industrialization by having a plant to supply this new segment and replace with a vegetable component the diesel consumption.

'That has become for us in a segment that, according to the projection, the next few years, will have a consumption will exceed 4.5 million cubic meters per day in 2025 consumption in the domestic market', he added.

YPFB currently sells in the country special gasoline, diesel, natural gas for vehicles and Super Ethanol 92 gasoline and will soon incorporate Super Ethanol 97 to the domestic market and incursion into the biodiesel production.

The projections aim to introduce fuels according to the characteristics of imported vehicles and environmentally friendly.

Official data estimate that the number of motor vehicles in Bolivia will increase from 1.5 million to approximately 2.5 million by 2025.

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