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Monica_55905 Jun 01


According to market sources, the Pampa Melchorita LNG export facility expects to resume operations this May 29, after the closure on April 27.
The plant suspended operations due to problems with a turbine that operates the propane compressor.

The temporary closure of the plant, which affected the north and south of the country, forced state suppliers to reconsider deliveries to the domestic market and led the Peruvian government to declare emergency natural gas imports.

Sources reported that the repair work of the plant, which began on May 1, to May 21, was 53% complete and that it was estimated that the total cost of the repair work could reach 10 million dollars.

The LNG export facility in Peru includes a train with the capacity to export up to 4.45 million tons of LNG per year, a maritime terminal, two storage tanks and a supply pipeline.

Re-start of exports

A first load of LNG is already scheduled for the middle of next month.

Olumide Ajayi, LNG analyst at the energy data and services consultancy, ICIS, indicated that according to information from ICIS 'LNG Edge platform, the Shell company had leased the SCF Melampus vessel, with a capacity of 170,200 cubic meters and owned by the Sovcomflot company, to lift a load of LNG.

SCF Melampus is expected to arrive in Pampa Melchorita during the second half of June, Olumide said.

According to the International Group of LNG Importers (GIIGNL), Peru's LNG plant exported 3.76 million tons of LNG last year. In 2020, LNG Peru exported LNG to Asian markets (1.66 Mt to South Cores, 1.13 Mt to China and 0.63 Mt to Japan), Europe (0.13 Mt to Spain, 0.07 Mt to France, 0.07 MT to the Netherlands) and Latin America (0.07 MT to Mexico).

Peru LNG, the first LNG export plant in South America, is operated by Hunt Oil, with a 50% stake. Other partners include the main Anglo-Dutch Shell (20%), SK Innovation (20%) and Marubeni Corporation (10%).

Article originally published by our Media Partners, GNL Global