Chile Set to Get Spot LNG Cargo From Yemen at Port of Mejillones

Chile is set to receive a spot cargo of liquefied natural gas from Yemen, according to ship-tracking data.

The Grace Barleria, with a capacity of 146,770 cubic meters, will arrive May 1 at the port of Mejillones on Chile’s northern coast, according to ship transmissions captured by IHS Fairplay on Bloomberg. The tanker sailed from Yemen LNG’s Balhaf terminal, where it arrived March 12 to load its cargo.

Yemen LNG press officials didn’t respond to an e-mail seeking comment sent outside normal working hours. A Santiago-based official from Gas Natural Licuado Mejillones, the owner and operator of the terminal, didn’t respond to a call to his desk phone or an e-mail seeking comment outside normal working hours.

GNL Mejillones had a three-year contract with France’s GDF Suez for 30 trillion British thermal units per year, or about 10 cargoes, that started in 2010 and ended in 2012, according to a presentation by Frederik Janssens, the company’s chief executive officer.

An average LNG cargo has approximately 3 trillion British thermal units. Chile has a contract to import 1.7 million metric tons of LNG annually at the Quintero terminal on its central coast from BG Plc. The agreement started in 2009 and ends in 2030, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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