La Paz, Bolivia and Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 15, 2011 – The Bolivian state-owned petroleum and gas company Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) has received 100,000 residential gas meters, 8,500 commercial meters and two test benches from Itron, the company has announced.
Itron was contracted after a decision by the Bolivian government to give residents access to Bolivia’s own natural gas supplies for their homes, instead of having to import more expensive liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
With a local factory in Argentina, Itron was able to provide more delivery flexibility and efficient, timely support. Close collaboration with its distributor Mashmedic supported Itron in obtaining this project. Itron also provided training on metrology, the use of test benches and gas measurement so YPFB would be ready when the new meters were rolled out.
This contract is the first step in a five-year plan to install 500,000 meters across the country. Previously, most of Bolivia’s natural gas had been exported to Brazil and Argentina, with most homes utilizing imported LPG as their primary energy source due to the lack of infrastructure to use the country’s own gas supplies. With the government’s new initiative, Bolivian residents will now have access to a more affordable resource and natural gas exports will continue.
“This is a real turnaround for residents of Bolivia,” commented Oscar Lopez, gas network manager of YPFB. “Using our natural gas will mean much cheaper bills for our residents. It makes more sense to use our own supplies than to import more expensive LPG.”