Jambelí FSRU

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Jambelí FSRU is a proposed floating LNG import terminal in El Oro Province, Ecuador. It is the first LNG project in Ecuador.[1]


The map below shows the approximate location of the Ecuador FLNG project in the Jambelí Canal off the coast of Bajo Alto, El Oro province, Ecuador.[2]

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Project Details

  • Owner: Sycar LLC[3][4]
  • Location: Jambelí Canal, Bajo Alto, El Oro Province[2][5]
  • Coordinates: -3.136490, -80.132792 (approximate)
  • Capacity: 0.375 mtpa
  • Status: Proposed
  • Type: Import
  • Start Year: 2025[6][7]

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


In September 2019, Ecuador's Minister of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources Carlos Perez Garcia announced that the country would issue a tender in October for a small-scale floating LNG terminal. An exact location was not announced.[8]

In July 2020, it was reported that the American company Sycar, in partnership with an unnamed LNG trading firm, planned to build the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), with construction expected to start in 2021 pending the completion of environmental licensing by the fourth quarter of 2020. The FSRU was to provide regasified LNG to the neighbouring 130 MW TermoGas Machala gas-fired power plant in El Oro province. The terminal was also expected to include an LNG truck-filling station.[9]

On April 19, 2021, Sycar received approval of its Environmental Impact Study from the Ministry of Environment and Water, marking completion of the permitting phase.[10] Sycar's website noted that the company intended for the Ecuador FLNG to serve as a stepping stone for future onshore LNG projects in Ecuador.[6]

In January and February 2022, Sycar imported its first two shipments of LNG into Ecuador.[7][11][12] Short-term plans called for LNG to be delivered in ISO tanks directly to industrial customers.[11][12] Longer-term plans for development of the Jambelí floating regasification unit and associated port facility were reportedly still underway[11][12], with an anticipated start-up date of 2024.[4] A subsequent report on Sycar's Latin America operations, published in November 2022, indicated that an FSU with ship-to-truck loading facilities would begin operating in 2023, with a full-fledged FSRU to follow in 2025.[7]

Articles and resources


  1. "Sycar granted approval for LNG trade in Ecuador - Offshore Energy". Offshore Energy. 2021-02-15. Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Estudio de Impacto Ambiental del Proyecto "Construcción, operación y mantenimiento de duques de alba, pasarela y obras complementarias, ubicado en el Canal de Jambelí" (PDF). Sycar LNG. August 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Ecuador LNG Terminal | SYCAR LLC". SYCAR LLC. Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Sycar pone los ojos en demanda de gas de sectores petrolero y eléctrico". Primicias. December 23, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. Ecuador LNG Terminal, Sycar LLC website, accessed Jul. 28, 2020
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Jambelí LNG Terminal". SYCAR LLC. Retrieved 2023-07-20.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "US company Sycar targets LNG exports from Venezuela by 2024" (PDF). Gas Strategies. November 15, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. Ecuador seeks LNG-to-power project developers to support hydro-based energy economy, S&P Platts Global, Sep. 25, 2019
  9. Ellie Holbrook, Ecuador eyes first LNG import terminal, Argus Media, Jul. 27, 2020
  10. "Sycar secures final approval for Ecuador LNG project - Offshore Energy". Offshore Energy. 2021-04-20. Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Sycar to deliver first Ecuador LNG shipment". LNG Prime. January 11, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Sycar anuncia segunda entrega de GNL recibida en Ecuador". GNL Global. February 9, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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