Pichilingue LNG Terminal

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Pichilingue LNG Terminal is an operating LNG import terminal in Pichilingue, Mexico.


The terminal is located in the port of Pichilingue, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Satellite photography from Planet shows construction occurring at the terminal between March 2021 and July 2021.

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Project Details

  • Owner: New Fortress Energy[1]
  • Location: Port of Pichilingue, Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Coordinates: 24.2740568,-110.3273078 (exact)
  • Capacity: 3 mtpa[2]
  • Type: Import[1]
  • Status: Operating[3]
  • Start Year: 2021[4]

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


In 2018, New Fortress Energy was awarded a 25-year contract from the Baja California Sur Port Authority (APIBCS) for the development, construction and operation of an LNG import terminal at the port of Pichilingue.[5]

The onshore terminal is intended to help bolster Baja California's electrical generation capacity and alleviate the region's susceptibility to blackouts.[6] The terminal currently supplies New Fortress Energy's own 135 MW NFE Baja California Sur power station and will eventually supply the 327 MW Baja California Sur combined cycle power station, currently under development by Mexico's federal electricity commission, CFE.[3][7] Longer-term plans call for the Pichilingue terminal to receive natural gas transported by pipeline from Texas to Mexico and converted to LNG at the Vista Pacífico LNG Terminal in Topolobampo on the opposite side of the Gulf of California.[8]

In November 2019, New Fortress reported that construction was underway, with operations expected to begin in the third quarter of 2020.[1] However, as of March 2021, the terminal was not yet complete.

In June 2021, it was reported that New Fortress Energy was moving closer to starting operations at the LNG terminal after receiving three permits from energy regulator CRE for the regasification, storage and distribution of LNG.[9]

In July 2021, New Fortress Energy announced that the terminal had commenced commercial operations.[3]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 New Fortress gives update on LNG projects Bnamericas, November 12, 2019
  2. 2020 World LNG Report, page 102, International Gas Union, Apr. 27, 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 New Fortress Energy Commences Operations in Baja California Sur, Business Wire, Jul. 14, 2020
  4. Weber, Harry (2021-07-14). "New Fortress begins commercial operations at LNG receiving terminal in Mexico". S&P Global.
  5. GIIGNL World Report 2019 GIIGNL, accessed August 5, 2019
  6. "Problemática: El sistema eléctrico de Baja California Sur" (PDF). CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad). 2020.
  7. Christopher E. Smith, New Fortress takes FID on modular liquefaction, advances regas projects, Oil & Gas Journal, March 17, 2021
  8. "Biden prioriza acuerdos ambientales antes de aprobar gas natural para el Golfo de California". El Independiente Baja California Sur. March 1, 2021.
  9. Mexico issues permits to New Fortress for LNG terminal, Bnamericas, Jun. 15, 2021

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