Peru LNG sent three cargoes in August

Peru LNG has shipped three liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes to Europe in August following a planned maintenance shutdown in July, according to state-owned Perupetro.

As previously reported, the 173,400-cbm Barcelona Knutsen left Peru LNG’s 4.45 mtpa liquefaction plant at Pampa Melchorita on August 2, while the 174,000-cbm LNGShips Athena departed the facility on August 9.

Besides these two shipments, Perupetro’s data shows that the 170,000-cbm Methane Mickie Harper loaded the third August cargo and left the plant on August 13.

The data shows that all of the shipments are heading towards the UK.

According to the Port of Milford Haven, Barcelona Knutsen should arrive at the Dragon LNG terminal on September 11, while LNGShips Athena already delivered the cargo to the Dragon facility.

It seems that issues with feed gas affected LNG shipments from the Peru LNG plant in August.

Peru’s energy and mines ministry announced on August 11 an emergency measure to allow it to prioritize domestic natural gas supplies due to reduced supplies from Pluspetrol’s Las Malvinas natural gas plant, according to a document posted on its website.

Due to necessary repairs at the plant which feeds the LNG facility, this measure lasted from August 11 to August 24, the document said.

Prior to these three August shipments and the maintenance shutdown in July, the Peru LNG plant shipped the last cargo on June 26 aboard the 138,100-cbm Shandong Juniper to Europe as well.

Peru LNG’s plant at Pampa Melchorita shipped five cargoes in June, the same as in the month before.

In total, the plant sent 35 LNG cargoes in the January-August period, compared to 28 LNG shipments in the same period last year.

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

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

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