Puerto Sandino FSRU

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Puerto Sandino FSRU is a floating LNG import terminal under development in Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua.[1][2][3]


The FSRU will be moored in Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua.[4]

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Project Details

  • Owner: New Fortress Energy[1][2][3]
  • Location: Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua[4]
  • Coordinates: 12.171182, -86.767115 (approximate)
  • Capacity: 1.3 mtpa[3]
  • Type: Import[4]
  • Status: Construction[5]
  • Start Year: 2024[1][2]


New Fortress is developing a 0.4 MTPA LNG-to-power project, including the 300 MW Puerto Sandino LNG Power Plant and an offshore LNG receiving, storage and regasification terminal off the coast of Puerto Sandino. In February 2020 New Fortress Energy signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Nicaragua’s electricity distribution companies to supply power produced from around 0.4 MTPA of LNG.

The project start-up was originally expected in the second half of 2021[6][7][8], but commissioning has repeatedly been delayed.[9] In October 2021, New Fortress Energy's operations manager in Nicaragua reported that the project was 85% complete and preparing to enter a testing phase.[10] However, as of February 2022, New Fortress Energy's most recent filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission indicated that the project was still under construction.[5]

A February 2022 report from the IEEFA (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis) cites Nicaragua's "unstable political and economic environment" as a potential impediment to development of the Puerto Sandino terminal, noting recent friction between the United States and Nicaraguan governments over questions about Nicaragua's election integrity.[11]New Fortress Energy, in its February 2022 filing with the US SEC, continued to acknowledge the possibility of "having to suspend our development or operations on a temporary or permanent basis" in response to United States and European government sanctions on Nicaragua.[5]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "New Fortress Energy Form 10K (p 57)". US Federal Securities & Exchange Commission. March 1, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Q1 2023 Investor Presentation (p 6)". New Fortress Energy. May 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "2023 World LNG Report (p 156)". IGU. July 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Christopher E. Smith, New Fortress takes FID on modular liquefaction, advances regas projects, Oil & Gas Journal, March 17, 2021
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Form 10-K: New Fortress Energy Inc". US Securities and Exchange Commission. February 28, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. GIIGNL 2021 Annual Report, accessed May 5, 2021
  7. "Annual Investor Update". New Fortress Energy. July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "New Fortress Energy". Enatrel. Retrieved 2022-03-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "New Fortress Energy builds gas plant, risks involvement with sanctioned parties". Confidencial. October 1, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "New Fortress Energy: Más del 85 % de avance en construcción de planta de gas - Nicaragua". TN8 / YouTube. October 5, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "New Fortress Energy: Promises to Keep" (PDF). IEEFA. February 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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