The Bolivian State Oil corporation (YPFB) pays to sugar mills in the country up to 26.7% more for ethanol than the market price in Brazil. Sugar mills are paid $US0.71 cents per litre while in Brazil the price is $US0.52 cents.
Bolivia is in contact with Brazil and Argentina to review the gas agreements with the two countries. According the Hydrocarbons Minister, Luis Alberto Sanchez, said that the negotiations will impact on the volume of shipments but it can be expected that the prices will not change. However, regional authorities in Bolivia feared that the new contracts will have a negative impact on royalties.
China’s high demand of raw materials has contributed to the de-industrialisation in Latin America, warned the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribean (ECLAC). According to Zebulun Kreiter, ECLAC’s Economic Affairs expert, the situation in Bolivia is one of the most acute because 95% of the exports to China are raw material.
Bolivia’s gas production has fell from about 54-55 million cubic meters per day to 37 million, which represents a decrease of about one third, alerted regional authorities in Santa Cruz.
Bolivia registered an inflation of 0.18% in October. Annualised inflation reached 1.31% according to the State National Statistics Institute (INE).
The Bolivian Government is considering reducing the volumes of gas exported to Argentina but it also expected an extension of the contract until 2030. Bolivia’s Hydrocarbons minister, Luis Alberto Sanchez, confirmed that new volumes are being negotiated but this will imply that the contract will not end in 2026 but in 2030.
Bolivia and Paraguay will analyse the possibility of building a gas pipeline between the two countries. Bolivia’s Hydrocarbon Minister, Luis Alberto Sanchez and Paraguay’s Public Works Minister, Arnoldo Wiens Duersen, signed a memorandum of understanding that includes the development of a feasibility study for the construction of the pipeline.
During the first semester of 2018, Bolivia exported more than $US 2 billion in metals. The Vice-Minister of Mining, Gualberto Hochkofler, said that the volume of exports increased by 17% compared to the same period of 2017.
Bolivia’s lithium state corporation (YLB) Juan Carlos Montenegro, announced that Bolivia will ship its first 15,000 tonnes of potassium chloride to the Brazilian market by the first week of December.
Bolivia’s state lithium corporation (YLB) ordered to proceed with the building of a lithium carbonate industrial plant from this month in Uyuni. YLB’s CEO Juan Carlos Montenegro said that the construction of the plant corresponds to the second phase of the industrialisation of lithium in Bolivia.