Acajutla LNG Terminal

From Global Energy Monitor


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Acajutla LNG Terminal is a floating LNG import terminal under construction in Acajutla, El Salvador.


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Project Details

  • Owner: Energía del Pacífico
  • Location: Acajutla, El Salvador
  • Coordinates: 13.576083, -89.840444 (approximate)
  • Capacity: 0.5 mtpa[1]
  • Status: Construction
  • Type: Import
  • Start Year: 2022[2]

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day


Originally estimated to cost £702m ($877m), the Acajutla LNG power project represents the biggest energy infrastructure investment in the history of El Salvador. Located in Acajutla, Sonsonate department on El Salvador's Pacific coast, the project encompasses an offshore marine terminal with a permanently moored floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), an underground natural gas pipeline, three substations, the 378 MW natural gas-fired Pacífico Acajutla power station (also known as the Energia Del Pacifico power plant), and a 44km-long 230kV transmission line connecting the project to the Central American Electrical Interconnection System.[3]

Energia Del Pacifico, a joint venture between the US-based power generation company Invenergy and the El Salvador-based Quantum Energy, is the owner and developer of the project. In December 2019 Energia del Pacifico announced that it had obtained $1 billion in financing to build the project.[4] In May 2021, Invenergy and BW LNG announced an additional $128.3 million in financing from IDB Invest to fund the FSRU, which will have a regasification capacity of 280 million cubic feet per day, along with 137,000 cubic meters of storage capacity.[2][5]

Initial construction works on the project were started in January 2019, with construction of the FSRU's regasification module beginning in April 2020.[6] Commissioning of the FSRU was originally slated for 2021[3], but is now expected in 2022. Upon completion, it will be Central America's first floating storage and regasification unit.[2]

Articles and resources


  1. "2020 World LNG Report (p 81)" (PDF). IGU (International Gas Union). 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Invenergy, BW complete FSRU financing for El Salvador LNG-to-power". Oil & Gas Journal. May 14, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Acajutla LNG Power Plant NS Energy, accessed August 2, 2019
  4. EDP Closes Financing for El Salvador LNG-to-Power Project, Pipeline & Gas Journal, Dec. 31, 2019
  5. "FSRU enables cleaner energy production for El Salvador". Offshore. May 1, 2020.
  6. "Work starts on El Salvador's first LNG FSRU - Offshore Energy". Offshore Energy. April 30, 2020.

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