Quintero LNG Terminal

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Quintero LNG Terminal is an LNG terminal in Valparaíso, Chile.


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Project Details

  • Owner: ENAGAS (45.40%); Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (34.60%); ENAP (20.00%)[1]
  • Location: Bay of Quintero, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Coordinates: -32.780108, -71.488757 (exact)
  • Type: Import
  • Capacity: 4.0 mtpa[2]
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2009[3]

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

Expansion Project Details

  • Owner: ENAGAS (60.4%); ENAP (20%); Oman Oil (19.6%)[2]
  • Location: Bay of Quintero, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Coordinates: -32.780108, -71.488757 (exact)
  • Type: Import[4]
  • Capacity: 5 million m3/day (1.83 billion cubic meters per year / 1.35 million tons per year)[4]
  • Status: Cancelled[4]
  • Start Year: 2021[4]

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


Quintero LNG Terminal is an LNG terminal in Valparaíso, Chile.[5]

The terminal is at Loncura Beach, on Quintero Bay in Chile's Valparaíso region. It supplies LNG to Endesa Chile, the largest utility company in Chile, along with industrial clients and 81,000 residential and commercial users.[4] Quintero LNG terminal was the first land-based LNG terminal in the Southern Hemisphere and is a joint venture of Enap (20%), Endesa Chile (20%,), Metro Gas (20%) and Terminal de Valaparaíso (40%).[6] Following a dramatic decline in natural gas imports via pipeline from Argentina in the mid-2000s, Chile sought LNG as a means of developing its energy diversity and security while reducing its dependence on Argentina. In 2006, ENAP partnered with BG to develop the terminal. BG would eventually sell their share.[7]

The terminal, which was estimated to cost up to $1.2 billion, began construction in 2006 and was approved by CONAMA (the Chilean environmental authority) in November 2005 after an environmental assessment.[8] The Quintero LNG reception, storage and regasification terminal has been in operation since 2009 and reached full capacity of 0.54 bcfd by 2015. Since 2015, the terminal has received 40 to 50 cargo ships per year[9] from countries around the world, including Trinidad and Tobago, Algeria, Qatar, Equatorial Guinea, the United States, and Mexico.[10]

Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) was responsible for both the construction and engineering of the Quintero LNG terminal. The terminal consists of two 160,000 cubic-meter full-containment tanks, 353 million standard cubic feet per day send-out capacity, and complete ship-loading facilities.[11]

In 2020 reloading services became available at the Quintero LNG terminal with a reloading capacity rate which depends on operational conditions of the terminal. In December 2020 an additional 1,400 - 1,600 mm HDPE sea water discharge pipeline with a capacity of 20,000 m3/h was installed in parallel to the original line to improve availability and reliability of the system.[1]

Expansion Project

The project involves the installation of a new train of vaporization, which will join the two currently in operation, and having backup. After the expansion, the complex will increase by nearly 5 million m3/day capacity LNG regasification, reached a total of about 15 million m3/day.[5] The expansion was cancelled in 2017.[4]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 GIIGNL 2021 Annual Report, accessed May 5, 2021
  2. 2.0 2.1 "2019 World LNG Report (p 101)" (PDF). IGU (International Gas Union). 2019.
  3. "Quintero LNG expansion derailed: Update". Argus Media. May 25, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 "GNL Quintero Expansion". BNamericas. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Quintero LNG Terminal, A Barrel Full, accessed April 2017
  6. Chile's Quintero LNG Terminal Boosts Capacity, LNG World News, accessed August 2017
  7. Quintero-LNG Regas Terminal, Wood Mackenzie, accessed August 2017
  8. Quintero Bay LNG Project, Chile, Hydrocarbons Technology, accessed August 2017
  9. "Historical Data". GNL Quintero. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  10. "¿Cómo llega el Gas Natural Licuado al Terminal de GNL Quintero?". GNL Quintero (in español). Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  11. "GNL Quintero LNG Regasification Terminal". MDR. Retrieved January 26, 2021.

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