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SANTA CRUZ, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Russia's oil minister Alexander Novak said late Thursday that Russian gas giant Gazprom is in talks with Bolivia's YPFB to possibly sell Bolivian gas to neighboring countries in Latin America.
The move would be a boon for state-run YPFB, which could benefit from more customers, and is seeking to draw further investment into the flagging gas industry.
Speaking at a gathering of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Santa Cruz, Bolivian Energy Minister Luis Sanchez said so far 29 companies have expressed interest in 80 gas blocks offered by the country.
Production at the Incahuasi gas field - which is being developed by Gazprom, France's Total, YPFB and Tecpetrol - should reach 11 million cubic meters per day soon, Sanchez added, without giving further details. (Reporting by Marianna Parraga, Editing by Richard Pullin and Sherry Jacob-Phillips)