Argentina Receives Spot LNG Cargo From Trinidad at Bahia Blanca

Argentina has received a spot cargo of liquefied natural gas from Trinidad & Tobago, according to ship-tracking data.

The British Emerald, with a capacity of 154,983 cubic meters, arrived April 6 at the port of Bahia Blanca southwest of the capital of Buenos Aires, according to ship transmissions captured by IHS Fairplay on Bloomberg. The tanker sailed from Atlantic LNG’s Point Fortin terminal where it loaded the supercooled gas and departed March 23.

Officials from Energia Argentina SA, the state-run energy company, and Atlantic LNG didn’t immediately respond to e-mails seeking comment outside normal working hours.

YPF SA, Repsol SA and Repsol Gas Natural LNG have leased Excelerate Energy’s LNG vessel, the Excelsior, and docked it at Bahia Blanca to receive LNG, according to Excelerate’s website. The floating regasification facility began operating in June 2008.

Argentina has no long-term LNG-supply contracts. Enarsa and YPF SA have issued five spot purchase tenders seeking as many as 133 cargoes from December last year.