Argentina opens second LNG import terminal

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, June 16
-- Argentina opened its second LNG import terminal June 16.

GNL Escobar is a joint development of YPF SA, ENARSA, and Excelerate Energy on the Parana River, about 30 miles outside Buenos Aires City, and employs Excelerate Energy's GasPort design.

The terminal has a baseload throughput capacity of 500 MMcfd, with peak throughput capacity at 600 MMcfd, and has direct access to the Buenos Aires region and Argentina's natural gas grid.

It began receiving cargoes on May 24, and has unloaded four cargoes of LNG using ship-to-ship transfers, according to the announcement. Operations and supply logistics are being coordinated jointly among the three companies.

GNL Escobar is similar in design and function to the other Argentine receiving terminal, in Bahia Blanca. It incorporates a jetty mounted, articulated gas-offloading arm (high-pressure gas arm), and uses Excelerate Energy's Energy Bridge floating storage and regasification vessel technology.

The new terminal will provide increased peak capacity for high-demand winter months, said the announcement, as well as deliver additional natural gas and transport capacity to the Buenos Aires region.

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