Altamira LNG Terminal

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Altamira LNG Terminal is an LNG import terminal in Tamaulipas, Mexico.


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Project Details

  • Owner: Vopak (60%), Enagas (40%) (acquired from Shell, Total, and Mitsui in 2011)
  • Location: Altamira Port, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • Coordinates: 22.3375, -97.869444 (approximate)
  • Capacity: 5.7 mtpa[1]
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Import
  • Start Year: 2006

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


Altamira LNG Terminal is an LNG import terminal in Tamaulipas, Mexico.[2]

The Altamira LNG Terminal, located on the Gulf side of Mexico, was the first LNG terminal in Mexico and commenced operations in August 2006. The terminal was built to supply gas needs for power plants powering the industrial sector in Mexico's Northeast. The Terminal was initially a joint venture project of Royal Dutch Shell (50%), Total (25%), and Mitsui & Co (25%).[3]

When the terminal was built, its LNG imports came from Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, and Egypt.[4]

In 2011, Shell, Total, and Mitsui all sold their shares in the LNG terminal to Dutch company, Vopak (60%) and Spain's Enagas (40%). The Altamira LNG project consists of two 5.5 million cubic feet LNG storage tanks, regasification facilities with 500 million cubic feet per day of peak sendout capability, and pipelines to connect to the existing pipeline system in Tamaulipas.[5]

In April 2017, natural gas imports from the United States fell to their lowest since June 2015 due to maintenance on the NET pipeline. Due to the temporary fall of imports via pipeline, Mexico state-owned petroleum company, Pemex, began importing LNG at the Altamira terminal from Louisiana to make up for the shortfall while the pipeline was down.[6]

Articles and resources


  1. The LNG Industry: Annual Report 2020, page 38, International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers, accessed April 29, 2020
  2. Altamira LNG Terminal, A Barrel Full, accessed April 2017
  3. Altamira LNG Terminal, Mexico, Hydrocarbons Technology, accessed September 2017
  4. Altamira on Track for 2006 Startup, Shell News, accessed September 2017
  5. Mexico's Altamira LNG Terminal Changes Hands, Natural Gas Intelligence, accessed September 2017
  6. Scott DiSavino, [U.S.-Mexico Natgas Pipeline Exports Fall While LNG Deliveries rise Reuters,] Reuters, April 18, 2017

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