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Russia and Bolivia consolidate energy partnership

Evo Morales met with Vladimir Putin, as part of a 2-day visit to Moscow.

Russia and Bolivia consolidate energy partnership


Moscow, June 14 - Neftegaz.RU. Bolivia’s President Evo Morales met on June 13 with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, as part of a 2-day visit to Moscow aimed at consolidating the countries’ bilateral energy partnership.

While receiving Morales at the Kremlin, Putin expressed Moscow’s willingness to expand its cooperation with the South American country in the hydrocarbons area. «Gazprom is working at 2 (Bolivian) fields where it extracts 2.5 billion m3 of gas. It’s now studying expanding production, which could be doubled,» Putin said at the start of talks with Morales.

A consortium in which the Bolivian unit of French Total is the operator with a 50 % stake, Gazprom and Bolivia’s TecPetrol each have a 20 % interest and a unit of Bolivian YPFB has a 10 % stake participates in exploration projects at the Aquio and Ipati gas and oil blocks, where the Incahuasi gas and condensate field is being developed.

Gazprom and Total also are carrying out an exploration project at the Azero block, which like Aquio and Ipati is located in southern Bolivia.

Putin also noted that Rosatom, Russia’s federal agency on atomic energy, was developing a nuclear research center in Bolivia. «So I’m very pleased to confirm that our relations are growing, and today we’ll issue a joint declaration documenting all areas of our interaction,» he added.

Bolivia’s president expressed his country’s interest in cooperating with the Eurasian Economic Union, which is made up of the post-Soviet states of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

Morales today will visit Gazprom’s headquarters, where he is expected to sign several agreements locking in roughly $1 billion in Russian investment in Bolivia’s hydrocarbons sector.


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