Ecuador FLNG

From Global Energy Monitor


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Ecuador FLNG is a proposed floating LNG 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 off the coast of Bajo Alto.

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Project Details

  • Owner: Sycar and an unknown investor[2]
  • Location: Bajo Alto, El Oro Province[3]
  • Coordinates: -3.1083467, -79.9353979 (approximate)
  • Capacity: 0.375 mtpa
  • Status: Proposed
  • Type: Import
  • Start Year: 2021

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.[4]

In July 2020, it was reported that the American company Sycar, in partnership with an unnamed LNG trading firm, plans 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 will provide regasified LNG to the neighbouring 130 MW TermoGas Machala gas-fired power plant in El Oro province. The terminal will also have an LNG truck-filling station.[5]

On April 19, 2021, Sycar received approval of the Environmental Impact Study by the Ministry of Environment and Water, marking completion of the permitting phase.[6] Sycar intends for the Ecuador FLNG to serve as a stepping stone for future onshore LNG projects in Ecuador.[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. "Ecuador LNG Terminal | SYCAR LLC". SYCAR LLC. Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  3. Ecuador LNG Terminal, Sycar LLC website, accessed Jul. 28, 2020
  4. Ecuador seeks LNG-to-power project developers to support hydro-based energy economy, S&P Platts Global, Sep. 25, 2019
  5. Ellie Holbrook, Ecuador eyes first LNG import terminal, Argus Media, Jul. 27, 2020
  6. "Sycar secures final approval for Ecuador LNG project - Offshore Energy". Offshore Energy. 2021-04-20. Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  7. "Ecuador LNG Terminal | SYCAR LLC". SYCAR LLC. Retrieved 2021-04-26.

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