BuloBulo ammonia complex boosts Bolivia’s petrochemical capability

BuloBulo ammonia complex boosts Bolivia’s petrochemical capability

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"Construction of metal structure near one of the new towers within the NH3 unit. (Source: YPFB)"
The BuloBulo ammonia-urea facility will be Bolivia’s first petrochemical venture. This new facility is expected to produce sufficient urea/ammonia supplies for domestic demand and will provide surplus product for export. Investment for the new ammonia-urea facility is estimated at $844 MM. On startup, the BuloBulo plant will be able to produce over 1,200 metric tpd of ammonia (NH3) and will have an annual capacity of 420,000 metric tons of NH3 and 645,000 tpy of urea. YPFB plans to export 80% of the production, thus moving Bolivia as a new industrial fertilizer resource in the region. The new NH3 plant is located in the city of BuloBulo in the state of Cochabamba. It is being constructed on a 199.4-hectare (ha) parcel, of which 40 ha will be used for the ammonia-urea complex, and the remainder will be used as security for the facility and will provide access from the main highway.When fully operational, this petrochemical plant will have a production capacity of 2,100 metric tpd of granulated urea, which is used to produce fertilizer—a high-demand petrochemical on the international market. The petrochemical complex will use 1.4 MMcmd of natural gas. The Ichoa River will supply water to the BuloBulo facility, which runs eight to nine months of the year. The facility is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2016.