Bolivia to begin exporting 2.2 mm cmpd through Bolivia-to-Brazil pipeline

May 18, 1999 02:00 AM

Bolivian natural gas producers expect to begin exporting approximately 2.2 mm cmpd this month through the $ 2 bn Bolivia-to-Brazil pipeline financed by Petrobras, the Brazilian national oil and gas company.
Pipeline capacity allocations were established by Bolivia's national oil and gas company Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) primarily on the basis of a reserves study performed by DeGolyer and MacNaughton (D&M) for year-end 1998.
"Allocations depend on the reserves certified by D&M, after supplying internal market demand," said YPFB's general director William McKenney. YPFB assigned supply targets based on various factors, including the proportion of countrywide gas reserves corresponding to each operator (as estimated in D&M's study), the anticipated deliverability of the hydrocarbon reservoirs, the capacity of production and gas processing facilities, and physical access to the export pipeline.

Delivery of gas to Brazilian markets is considered fundamental to the exploitation and development of Bolivia's gas reserves. Linking Santa Cruz de la Sierra in central Bolivia to Campinas, about 100 km from Brazil's eastern coast, the 1,970 km main trunkline will deliver gas to markets in the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso do Sul and Sao Paulo. An 1,180 km leg to Porto Allegre near the south-eastern coast is scheduled as a second-phase construction project.
Bolivia expects gas deliveries to reach 5 mm cmpd by year end. Throughput will average 18 mm cmpd over the first 7 years of the contract, which takes effect in 2000. Bolivia's commitment increases to 30 mm cmpd in 2007 and remains at that level for the duration of the contract. Over the next 20 years, Bolivia will provide more than 7 tcf of gas to Brazil.
Future gas exports from Bolivia will supply markets representing 82 % of Brazil's industrial production, 75 % of gross national product, and 71 % of domestic consumption. The gas imports are expected to facilitate Brazil's goal of increasing the use of gas-based power to 12 % of its energy matrix by 2010.
YPFB reports Bolivia's proved and probable gas reserves total 8.58 Tcf, based primarily on D&M's report, which included evaluation of significant new discoveries.

Dallas-based D&M specialises in the assessment of oil and gas properties, including comprehensive field, deliverability, equity, supply and economic studies. Its expertise encompasses geophysics, geology, petrophysics, petroleum engineering and economic analysis. D&M has completed more than 13,000 studies in more than 100 countries.

Source: DeGolyer and MacNaughton
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