Escobar GNLE Gasport – Excelerate Energy

GNL Escobar (GNLE), located on the Paran River, about 30 miles outside Buenos Aires City, is Argentina’s second liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving facility using Excelerate Energy’s Gasport design and engineered by Technica Ltd. As well as providing increased peak capacity for the high-demand winter months, the facility delivers additional natural gas supply and transport capacity to the Buenos Aires region.

Key Project Information;

  • Second LNG receiving facility in Argentina
  • Direct access to Buenos Aires region and Argentinas natural gas grid
  • Nine months from agreements/terms to in-service
  • Peak throughput capacity 600 MMcf/d (17,0 Mm/d)

Technica were engaged by Excelerate Energy to provide Mechanical & Civils designs for the High Pressure (HP) Loading Arm support risers and Operating/Maintenance platforms. This also comprised the Hydraulic Piping installation.

Our engineers provided specialist advice in the development of plant design and during the process design and operability reviews.

Technica were also engaged to design, construct and commission the Local Equipment Room (LER) which included all necessary control systems required to operate the GNLE plant.

The LER included the following systems: HP Loading Arm, Ship to Shore Link, Berthing Quick Release Hooks, Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS), Fire and Gas, Emergency Shutdown System (ESD), Plant Control System (PCS) and SCADA work stations.

The Technica team worked closely with the YPF/AESA engineers responsible for the GNLE plant field design to ensure all interfaces were agreed prior to delivery and the LER and associated control systems could be installed with ease.

Key to the success of this project was our ability to pre-test all of the LER systems during an Integrated Factory Acceptance Test (iFAT) at our workshops in the UK, prior to delivery and installation at GNLE Argentina. This guaranteed all systems and associated interfaces were working before delivery to site and ensured an efficient on site commissioning period.

Continuity of site team: Having been involved in all stages of the design and construction, Technica provided a constant site based team of experts with previous Gasport experience to support the construction and commissioning phases, this included:

  • Project engineering, management and supervision of E, I, & Hydraulic piping installation.
  • Project engineering, management and supervision of specialist sub-Contractors for the HP loading arm, Ship to Shore Link and Berthing systems
  • Day to day interface with and user
  • YPF and main contractor AESA.
  • Installation supervision.
  • Site Acceptance Tests.
  • Commissioning.

GNLE is another example of Technicas proven record in supporting Excelerate Energy on fast track Gasport projects. The whole project took only 8 months to design, install and commission achieving a gas on date in record time.

GNL Escobar Gasport Fact Sheet