Peru LNG terminal sent four cargoes to Dutch Gate in June

Peru LNG’s liquefaction plant at Pampa Melchorita has shipped four liquefied natural gas cargoes to the Dutch Gate LNG import terminal in the port of Rotterdam in June, according to the shipment data by state-owned Perupetro.

The 174,000-cbm LNGShips Manhattan, which departed the 4.4 mtpa Peru LNG plant on May 31 and is one of the five tankers which left the facility last month, also recently delivered its cargo to the Gate terminal, its AIS data provided by VesselsValue shows.

As per the shipments in June, the 174,000-cbm Pan Americas, which departed the Peru LNG plant on June 10, is expected to arrive in Rotterdam on July 9, while the 173,400-cbm Valencia Knutsen, which left the Peru LNG plant on June 19, is expected to arrive in Rotterdam on July 13.

The 170,000-cbm Methane Becki Anne left the Peru LNG facility on June 21 and was located offshore Uruguay on Tuesday and heading north, while the 174,000-cbm Malaga Knutsen left the Peru LNG facility on June 29 and is expected to arrive in Rotterdam on July 24, their AIS data shows.

Final destinations may change

The final destinations of these vessels may change in the meantime.

If all of the shipments land at Gate, the LNG terminal would receive five cargoes shipped from the Peru LNG plant in a row.

Prior to these shipments, Gate received a cargo from Peru in September 2023 and has never received more than two cargoes shipped from the Peru LNG facility in a row, the Perupetro data shows.

LNG giant Shell holds 20 percent in Peru LNG and offtakes all the volumes. Shell also has long-term regasification capacity booked at the Gate facility owned by Gasunie and Vopak.

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.

Peru LNG plans to boost number of shipments this year

The four Peru LNG shipments loaded onboard the LNG carriers in June equal about 292,526 tonnes.

These LNG cargoes compare to five cargoes (349,343 tonnes) in June last year and five cargoes (352,409 tonnes) in the prior month, while the plant shipped five cargoes in April, five LNG cargoes in March, four cargoes in February, and five cargoes in January.

The facility increased its exports last year, 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.

The LNG terminal operator previously told LNG Prime it expects to load 60 vessels in 2024.

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