EP PetroEcuador Ends Bajo Alto Plant Maintenance

(Energy Analytics Institute, Piero Stewart, 26.Dec.2019) — A scheduled stoppage at the Bajo Alto Natural Gas Liquefaction Plant located in the El Guabo in the province of El Oro concluded on 24 December 2019 and the plant commenced operations again on 26 Dec.

Work at the plant — which cost approximately $370,748 — was verified by Ecuador’s Hydrocarbon Regulation and Control Agency (ARCH by its Spanish acronym), Ecuador’s EP PetroEcuador announced 26 Dec. in an official statement.

The Bajo Alto plant has been in operation since 19 November 2011 and processes around 100 metric tons of liquefied natural Gas (LNG).

Approximately 3,000 inhabitants from the communities of Bajo Alto, Tendales, Tillales as well as the surrounding areas of the El Guabo will benefit from around 63,000 cubic feet of gas per day that is used for domestic consumption, EP PetroEcuador said.

The Bajo Alto plant could be used to liquefy gas from the Amistad Field, located in the Gulf of Guayaquil, through a cryogenic process, which reduces the LNG temperature to -160 ° C, causing the change of state from gaseous to liquid.

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