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BW Tatiana, the first liquefied natural gas storage and regasification ship in Central America, arrives in El Salvador

On November 15, the BW Tatiana arrived in El Salvador, the first vessel for storage and regasification of liquefied natural gas arriving to the Central American region, and which will remain anchored at the Port of Acajutla, in the department of Sonsonate.

The President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, explained that this was a project that previously had many obstacles, inherited by previous administrations: however, he assured that with the arrival of the current government, all these obstacles were removed:

“This was the largest private investment in the history of El Salvador, it was $1,000 million, in that we came to the Government and began to remove all the obstacles. In this project there were 23 problems, basically with all the State portfolios that had to do with the project and that were blocking it”, explained the President.

On the other hand, he informed that this project is one of the most emblematic in the region, and that the terminal will deliver the raw material for Energía del Pacífico’s engines to generate 30% of the country’s electricity demand.

“Investments in productive infrastructure generate many more indirect jobs, but also generate the raw material for more companies to settle in the country,” added President Bukele.

According to the authorities, the historic arrival of the vessel constitutes one of the main components of the natural gas-based electricity generation megaproject that the company Invenergy LLC is building in El Salvador.

“Today we celebrate the arrival and christening of the maritime infrastructure that will store and use the energy from this project’s power plant. Thank you for your support, President Nayib Bukele, I am sure that this culture and commitment that characterizes your government and all institutions will bring a successful future for the country,” said Michael Polsky, CEO and founder of Invenergy LLC.

The BW Tatiana, from the Keppel shipyard in Singapore, traveled the Pacific Ocean for several weeks to dock in El Salvador. It is a unit that transports 29,500 cubic meters of natural gas in its liquid state loaded in South Korea, as part of its voyage to Acajutla.

The total storage capacity of the FSRU is 137,000 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas, with a length of 290 meters, a beam of 46 meters and a draft of almost 12 meters. The vessel was specially designed for the Energia del Pacifico project by BW LNG.