Peru LNG boosts truck loading capacity

LNG terminal operator Peru LNG has increased the truck loading capacity at its 4.4 mtpa liquefaction and export plant at Pampa Melchorita.

Peru LNG said in a statement issued on Thursday it has launched the second truck loading bay able to load 18 trucks per day and 126 per week.

The construction of the second station will double the supply capacity from the Peru LNG plant, reaching up to 36 trucks per day, it said.

Peru LNG delivers LNG via trucks to residential and commercial users to 10 regions in the north and south of the country.

More than 21,049 trucks have been supplied carrying gas to the north (Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash, Cajamarca, Ucayali, and San Martín) and south of the country (Arequipa, Moquegua, Tacna, and Cusco), according to Peru LNG.

Exports from Peru LNG’s plant remained steady in May with five cargoes leaving the facility at Pampa Melchorita.

Peru LNG also also sent five cargoes in April, while the plant shipped five LNG cargoes in March, four cargoes in February, and five cargoes in January.

The facility increased its exports last year compared to the year before, and it also expects to boost the number of shipments in 2024.

Peru LNG loaded 55 vessels in 2023, compared to 51 vessels in 2022. It expects to load 60 vessels in 2024.

US-based Hunt Oil holds a 50 percent operating stake in the Pampa Melchorita LNG plant, while MidOcean Energy and Marubeni have 20 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

MidOcean Energy, the LNG unit of US-based energy investor EIG, completed in April its previously announced purchase of the 20 percent stake in Peru LNG from a unit of South Korean conglomerate SK.

LNG giant Shell also holds a 20 percent stake in Peru LNG and takes all the volumes produced at the facility.

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