Bahía Blanca GasPort FSRU

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Bahia Blanca GasPort FSRU is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Argentina.[1]


The terminal is located at Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Project details

  • Owner: ENARSA (Energía Argentina, formerly IEASA); YPF[2][3]
  • Parent company: ENARSA (Energía Argentina); YPF
  • Vessel Name: Excelerate Excelsior (in 2023)[4]
  • Vessel Owner: Excelerate Energy[4][5]
  • Location: Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires province, Argentina
  • Coordinates: -38.787534614264956, -62.28955444921712 (exact)
  • Capacity: 3.8 mtpa[6][7]
  • Status: Operating[8]
  • Type: Import
  • Start year: 2008[7]


Excelerate Energy's FSRU docked in Bahia Blanca, Source: Excelerate Energy

Bahia Blanca GasPort FSRU is a floating storage and regasification unit in Bahía Blanca (Buenos Aires province), Argentina.[9] 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.[1][10]

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.[11] As of early 2017, the Exemplar was based at the Bahia Blanca port, offering a storage capacity of 150,900 m3.[12]

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.[2] 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.[8] Excelerate's facility operates in a closed loop vaporization mode and is directly connected to Argentina's energy grid.[13]

In May 2022, Excelerate Energy announced that its Exemplar FSRU had returned to the Bahía Blanca GasPort for the winter 2022 season (May through August).[5][7]

In March 2023, Excelerate Energy announced that it would seasonally deploy its Excelsior FSRU to Bahía Blanca GasPort during the second quarter of 2023 before returning it to service at the Wilhelmshaven TES FSRU in Germany during the third quarter.[4] The Excelsior arrived in Argentina in May 2023 and was expected to remain at Bahía Blanca throughout the Argentine winter months of June-August 2023.[14]

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.[15]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bahía Blanca GasPort, Excelerate Energy, accessed June 2021
  2. 2.0 2.1 Daniel Politi, Excelerate wins tender for FSRU lease in Argentina, Argus Media, Apr. 6, 2021
  3. "Excelerate Energy's FSRU Exemplar Returns to Bahia Blanca". Cision / PR Newswire. June 2, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Excelerate to deploy FSRU in Argentina before German job". LNG Prime. March 28, 2023.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Excelerate Energy Announces First Quarter 2022 Results - Key Project Updates: Bahia Blanca". Excelerate Energy. May 24, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "2023 World LNG Report (p 149)". IGU. July 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "GIIGNL Annual Report 2023 (p 59)" (PDF). GIIGNL. July 13, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sarah Smith, Excelerate Energy FSRU begins operations in Bahia Blanca, LNG Industry, Jun. 2, 2021
  9. Bahia Blanca LNG Terminal, GEO, accessed April 2017
  10. Argentina: Bahia Blanca to Get LNG Cargo, LNG World News, 6 Sep. 2013
  11. FSRU at Bahia Blanca terminal changed from Excellence to Excelsior, RIM Intellegence, 9 Sep. 2011
  12. "Wanted in Argentina: one very large FSRU". Riviera. January 24, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "Excelerate Energy – Bahía Blanca GasPort". Excelerate Energy. Retrieved 2021-06-22.
  14. "Excelerate's FSRU Excelsior starts Bahia Blanca job in Argentina". LNG Prime. May 11, 2023.
  15. Carnicer, Roberto (May 2021). "Will Argentina Become a Relevant Gas Exporter?" (PDF). Oxford Energy.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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