Under the ‘Bolivia in the age of biofuels’ programme, it was agreed to produce 80 million litres of ‘green fuel’ to mix as an additive with petrol and to reduce the import of petrol, which represents, by value, savings for Bs 400 million. The Agricultural Chamber of the East (CAO) through its general manager, Edilberto Osinaga, stated that if the ethanol 92 project was not launched in the national market, the sugar sector would have faced a crisis worse than the one impacted the soybean sector.
In the midst of criticism for the reduction in the economic resources generated by gas, President Evo Morales called on state oil company YPFB and the Ministry of Hydrocarbons to insist on the exploration of new deposits in non-traditional areas such as North La Paz and Beni.
Bolivia’s two refineries operate, between them, 65% of its installed capacity. The data was released by YPFB Corporación after an audio was leaked in which workers from the subsidiary YPFB Refinación questioned the main heads of the sector: the president of the state, Oscar Barriga and the Minister of Hydrocarbons, Luis Alberto Sanchez, because of the drop in liquid production. In his disclaimer, Yacimientos said the fall is due to the low nominations he receives from one of his main buyers: Brazil.
The Minister of Rural Development and Lands, César Cocarico, reported yesterday that Bolivia is able to export at least 8,000 tons of beef to China, without affecting domestic demand. However, the authority clarified that the sales quota for that Bolivian product was not yet defined with the Asian country.