Argentina Set to Get LNG Spot Cargo From Belgium at Bahia Blanca

June 26 (Bloomberg) -- Argentina, which has no long-term contracts to import liquefied natural gas, is scheduled to receive a cargo from Belgium, according to ship-tracking data.

The Galicia Spirit, with a capacity of about 138,000 cubic meters, is preparing to dock at the port of Bahia Blanca southwest of Buenos Aires, according to ship transmissions captured by IHS Fairplay on Bloomberg. It was scheduled to dock at Bahia Blanca yesterday.

The vessel sailed from Belgium’s LNG terminal in Zeebrugge, where it loaded the supercooled natural gas and departed June 2, the data show. The facility is used by traders to store and export cargoes from Belgium, which doesn’t produce its own LNG.

Argentina imports LNG through YPF SA, the country’s largest energy company, and state-run Energia Argentina SA, known as Enarsa. YPF closed a tender on May 6 to buy seven LNG cargoes for delivery to Bahia Blanca. Enarsa and YPF have issued seven spot tenders seeking as many as 150 shipments since December.

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