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Acajutla FSRU is a floating LNG import terminal in Acajutla, El Salvador.
- Terminal Owner: Invenergy LLC
- Vessel Name: BW Tatiana
- Vessel Owner: BW LNG
- Location: Acajutla, El Salvador
- Coordinates: 13.576083, -89.840444 (approximate)
- Capacity: 0.5 mtpa
- Status: Operating
- Type: Import
- Start Year: 2022
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.
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. 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.
Initial construction works on the project were started in January 2019, with construction of the FSRU's regasification module beginning in April 2020. In November 2021, technology company Wärtsilä announced that it had completed installation of the FSRU. Full commissioning of the FSRU, originally slated for 2021, remained on track for 2022. Upon completion, it was to be Central America's first floating storage and regasification unit.
The floating regasification and storage vessel BW Tatiana arrived in Acajutla port in November 2021, and the FSRU received its first delivery of LNG in April 2022. The associated Pacífico Acajutla power station began commercial operations shortly thereafter, in May 2022.
Articles and resources
- "Energía del Pacífico Closes Financing on Largest Ever Foreign Direct Investment in El Salvador". Invenergy. December 23, 2019. Archived from the original on May 3, 2021. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
- "Long-Awaited FSRU Project Nears Operation in El Salvador". POWER. January 3, 2022.
- "Puerto de Acajutla, en el Salvador, recibe a la FSRU BW Tatiana". GNL Global. 2021-11-04.
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- "FSRU enables cleaner energy production for El Salvador". Offshore. May 1, 2020.
- "Work starts on El Salvador's first LNG FSRU - Offshore Energy". Offshore Energy. April 30, 2020.
- "Inicia operación de la primera planta de gas natural en El Salvador". Diario El Mundo. 2022-05-23.
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