Penuelas LNG Terminal

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Penuelas LNG Terminal, also called EcoEléctrica LNG Terminal, is an LNG import terminal in Penuelas, Puerto Rico.[1] Since the 2000s, EcoElectrica has held the exclusive right to ship liquefied natural gas to Puerto Rico.[2] Its main shareholder is GasNatural Fenosa.[3]


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Project Details

  • Owner: Gas Natural Fenosa 47.5%; ENGIE 35%; Mitsui 15%; OCO Partners 2.5%[4]
  • Location: Peñuelas, Puerto Rico
  • Coordinates: 17.981754,-66.75662 (approximate)
  • Capacity: 2 mtpa[5]
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Import
  • Start Year: 2000[6]

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


In 1995 the executive director of PREPA facilitated the creation of a Power Purchase Agreement, which began the creation of EcoEléctrica. It took several years for financing and fuel agreements to come into place. Groundbreaking for the facility was held in 1998, with commercial LNG terminal operations beginning in 2000.[7]

In June 2008, EcoEléctrica started the environmental impact assessment of the LNG terminal modification project, including construction and operation of natural gas pipeline facilities.[8]

A truck loading service will be available from 2022.[5]


EcoEléctrica owns the 540-megawatt EcoEléctrica power plant, which runs on liquefied natural gas arriving by tanker from Trinidad and Tobago.[9] The company also operates a liquefied natural gas regasification terminal with a storage tank of 160,000 cubic meters in Punta Guayanilla, Peñuelas on Puerto Rico’s southern coast. The power generated by EcoEléctrica is transmitted to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) operated power grid. Steam generated by the waste heat from exhaust gasses is used in both a Toshiba-supplied steam turbine and a desalination plant.

EcoEléctrica has an above land storage facility, where the company is able to hold one million gallons of LNG in liquid form. The facility also has four regasification units, each with a capacity to regasify 93 million square feet of gas per day, two of which are always active and two remain as back ups in case of problems.[7]

Articles and resources


  1. 78 FR 143 pgs. 44943-44944 - EcoEléctrica, L.P.; Notice of Application. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  2. "Pide exención contributiva al Gobierno". La Perla del Sur. May 19, 2011.
  3. The LNG Industry: Annual Report 2020, page 38, International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers, accessed April 29, 2020
  4. GIIGNL 2021 Annual Report, accessed May 5, 2021
  5. 5.0 5.1 GIIGNL 2021 Annual Report, accessed May 5, 2021
  6. "Global Gas Report" (PDF). IGU (International Gas Union). 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "EcoElectra" BE Oil & Gas, April 17, 2014.
  8. "EcoEléctrica, L.P.; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Ecoeléctrica Terminal Modification Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues". Federal Register. June 18, 2008.
  9. "Why Is Puerto Rico Burning Oil to Generate Electricity?" Daniel Gross, Slate, May 30 2014.

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