Bahía Blanca FSRU Import Terminal
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Bahia Blanca FSRU Import Terminal is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Argentina.
The terminal is located at Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Terminal Owner: YPF, Leasa
- Vessel Name: Excelerate Exemplar
- Vessel Owner: Excelerate Energy
- Location: Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires province, Argentina
- Coordinates: -38.787534614264956, -62.28955444921712 (exact)
- Capacity: 3.8 mtpa, 0.55 bcfd
- Status: Operating
- Type: Import
- Start Year: 2008
Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day
Bahia Blanca LNG Terminal is a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in Bahía Blanca (Buenos Aires province), Argentina. At the time of its commissioning in 2008, it was South America's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and the world's second dockside regasification facility. The floating terminal includes a jetty-mounted natural gas offloading arm that connects to a regasification vessel.
Various vessels owned by Excelerate Energy have docked at the terminal. In 2011, the 138,000 m3 Excellence FSRU was replaced with the same-sized Excelsior FSRU. As of early 2017, the Exemplar was based at the Bahia Blanca port, offering a storage capacity of 150,900 m3.
In April 2021, Excelerate Energy won a tender to reactivate the Bahia Blanca regasification terminal, which had lain idle since 2018 with Argentina at the time focusing on its Vaca Muerta shale formation as a future source of gas domestically and for international exports. By 2021, the Vaca Muerta play had not lived up to expectations. In early June 2021, Excelerate announced that its Exemplar FSRU, with storage capacity of 150,900 m3, had recommenced operations at Bahia Blanca and would deliver LNG for the 2021 winter season in Argentina. Excelerate's facility operates in a closed loop vaporization mode and is directly connected to Argentina's energy grid.
In May 2022, Excelerate Energy announced that its Exemplar FSRU had returned to the Bahía Blanca GasPort for the winter 2022 season.
Argentina aims to produce enough natural gas to be self sufficient and to export gas from Bahía Blanca via terminals such as the Bahía Blanca FLNG Export Terminal (briefly active from 2019 to 2020) and the proposed Vaca Muerta LNG Export Terminal, but with lulls in production the FSRU continues to be deemed a necessary supplement - especially during the winter - for Argentine energy needs.
Articles and resources
- Bahía Blanca GasPort, Excelerate Energy, accessed June 2021
- Daniel Politi, Excelerate wins tender for FSRU lease in Argentina, Argus Media, Apr. 6, 2021
- "Excelerate Energy Announces First Quarter 2022 Results - Key Project Updates: Bahia Blanca". Excelerate Energy. May 24, 2022.
- Sarah Smith, Excelerate Energy FSRU begins operations in Bahia Blanca, LNG Industry, Jun. 2, 2021
- Bahia Blanca LNG Terminal, GEO, accessed April 2017
- Argentina: Bahia Blanca to Get LNG Cargo, LNG World News, 6 Sep. 2013
- FSRU at Bahia Blanca terminal changed from Excellence to Excelsior, RIM Intellegence, 9 Sep. 2011
- "Wanted in Argentina: one very large FSRU". Riviera. January 24, 2017.
- "Excelerate Energy – Bahía Blanca GasPort". Excelerate Energy. Retrieved 2021-06-22.
- Carnicer, Roberto (May 2021). "Will Argentina Become a Relevant Gas Exporter?" (PDF). Oxford Energy.