Spain’s El Musel LNG terminal in first reloading op

Spanish power group Endesa will this week complete the first reloading operation at the Enagas-owned El Musel LNG terminal in Gijon.

The company said in a statement issued on Monday it will carry out the LNG loading operation at the El Musel terminal and plans to carry out another loading operation during the month of May.

In August 2023, Endesa delivered the first commercial cargo to the terminal, now called Musel E-Hub, after it won the logistics services contract from LNG terminal operator Enagas.

Prior to that, the LNG facility has been in hibernation since its completion in 2013.

The LNG terminal has two tanks each with a capacity of 150,000 cbm and two tanker loading bays with a capacity to load a maximum of 9 GWh/d, and a maximum emission capacity of 800,000 Nm3/h.

The logistics services offered for this infrastructure include LNG unloading, storage, and loading operations.

Enagas said at the time that the El Musel terminal will only offer minimal regasification service, as well as the truck loading service, while it could contribute up to 8 bcm of LNG capacity per year to Europe’s security of energy supply.

However, the facility has still not reloaded a cargo since the commercial launch.

Attalos to load first LNG cargo

Endesa said in the statement that the LNG carrier Attalos will arrive at the El Musel facility on Wednesday.

The vessel will carry out a loading operation of an “additional volume of LNG to be delivered to its next destination,” it said.

Endesa did not provide further information.

This 2021-built 174,000-cbm LNG carrier is owned by New York-listed Capital Product Partners and chartered by UK-based energy giant BP.

According to its AIS data provided by VesselsValue, Attalos was on Wednesday morning local time anchored off Gijon.

The LNG carrier loaded a cargo of LNG at Cheniere’s Corpus Christi LNG terminal in Texas last month.

Attalos delivered a partial cargo to the KN Energies-operated FSRU-based facility in Lithuania’s Klaipeda last week prior to heading to Gijon, the data shows.

Spanish LNG imports and reloads

Spanish LNG imports decreased by 39.7 percent year-on-year to about 18 TWh in March and accounted for 65.5 percent of the total gas imports, Enagas recently said.

The seven operational Spanish LNG regasification terminals unloaded 43 cargoes last month, with the cargoes coming mostly from Russia and the US.

In February, LNG imports reached about 18.4 TWh and in January imports reached some 20 TWh.

Spanish LNG terminals loaded about 0.56 TWh in March, down 74.7 percent compared to some 2.23 TWh in the same month last year and also down compared to 1.07 TWh in February and 0.92 TWh in January.

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