Analyst sees threats to Bolivian gas boom

Bolivia's upstream natural gas industry is poised on the threshold of a new and potentially bounteous era, but could lose its market lead to competitors. This is the view of Wood Mackenzie Consultants Ltd., Edinburgh, which notes that construction of a pipeline to transport Bolivian gas to Brazil is almost complete, with first deliveries slated for Apr. 1. Bolivia-Brazil pipeline role "With the start up of the Bolivia-Brazil pipeline (BBPL)," said Wood Mackenzie, "Bolivia's gas producers will, in theory, have access to a seemingly limitless market, and the prospect of this has stimulated an unparalleled level of exploration and development activity in the country....

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