(Energy Analytics Institute, Ian Silverman, 23.Nov.2019) — Bolivia’s state oil company Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos announced the dispatch of 1.8 million liters of gasoline and diesel and 10,119 bottles (cylinders) of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to the cities of La Paz and El Alto after suspension of a blockade at the Senkata Plant.
The dispatches, part of the so-called “La Paz Supply Plan,” are the first from the Senkata Plant located in the city of El Alto where access had been restricted for eleven days (12-22 Nov. 2019), YPFB announced in an official statement 23 Nov., citing Executive President José Luis Rivero.
Bolivia has been marred by street protests over the departure of long-time President Evo Morales, who recently sought political asylum in Mexico, after the leader was pressured by military officials to step down from power due to irregularities related to his reelection campaign. A transitional government has taken over under the leadership of Jeanine Áñez.
Protests across the region have left nine dead, YPFB said, without providing further details.
The Senkata Plant fuel storage center has approximately 29 million liters of petrol and diesel and a stock of 2.2 million kilograms of LPG to supply La Paz and El Alto. The plant is comprised of 24 horizontal tanks, three LPG spheres and 22 liquid fuel tanks, according to YPFB.
The plant’s infrastructure consist of a crushing plant that has a crimp capacity of 50,000 bottles per day, a LPG cylinder re-qualification plant and a liquid hydrocarbon storage plant, according to the state entity.
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