Fifth Addendum with Argentina allows Bolivia to sell gas for $4.51 per million BTU in January

Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos stated that the price agreed for the signing of the Fifth Addendum, of the Natural Gas Purchase Agreement signed with Integración Energética Argentina S.A. (Ieasa), has a composition of international Fuels Oils basket indicators associated with the price of WTI and Henry Hub plus an additional premium of $2.25. The price for January 2021 is $4.51 per million BTU.

Ichilo-Mamoré Waterway project will require an investment of $120 mn for the next 4 years

The project to reactivate the Ichilo-Mamoré Waterway and connect Bolivia to the Atlantic Ocean will require an investment of $120 million over four years, according the the local government in Cochabamba. The project aims to connect Cochabamba with the departments of Beni, Pando y Santa Cruz and from ther to Brazil, Peru and Paraguay to open the Atlantic Ocean to Bolivia.

Government instructs to capitalize 100% of bank profits

Through the Financial System Supervisory Authority (ASFI), the government ordered that Multiple Banks, SME Banks, Development Financial Institutions and Housing Financial Institutions capitalize 100% of the net profits they generated during this year to preserve the stability of the financial system. Banks will not be able to distribute their earnings for 2020, and this money will strengthen equity and channel more credit. According to official data from ASFI, the financial system's profits in November 2020 exceeded 1.145 billion bolivianos ($164.27 mn).

Unemployment rate as of November reached 8.6%

According to data from the Continuous Employment Survey, the urban unemployment rate as of November reached 8.6%, 0.1% less than in October. The percentage of the Economically Active Population (EAP) without an occupation reached over 11% last July, due to the effects of the economic crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic quarantine.

Daily gas production in October reached 49 MMm3

In October of this year, the country's average daily production of natural gas reached 48.84 million cubic meters (MMm3). Due to the addenda signed by Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) with the state companies of Sremtina and Brazil, Bolivia sells approximately 16 to 18 MMm3d of natural gas to the Argentine market and about 14 MMm3d to Brazil. If current production volumes are maintained, the flow delivered next year by the Boycobo Sur-X1ST well (initially of one million cubic metres per day) will reach 2% of the total.