YPF awards EXMAR long-term contract to export LNG

EXMAR NV of Belgium and YPF of Argentina announce the signing of a firm, ten-year agreement to deploy EXMAR’s barge-based floating LNG liquefaction unit (FLNG) currently known as Caribbean FLNG to produce and export LNG from the Vaca Muerta source at the Neuquén Basin in Argentina.

The project marks the entry of Argentina to the select club of global LNG exporting nations, with an initial plan to export 500,000 tons of LNG per year to overseas markets.

EXMAR’s FLNG barge will be named Tango FLNG and be deployed to the port of Bahia Blanca. This will mark the beginning of a close, joint commercial relationship that will transform the country’s energy matrix. Argentina will become a relevant and reliable LNG supplier for both regional and world markets.

“We are delighted to reach this agreement with YPF. It opens up new markets and opportunities for the fast-track monetization of natural gas reserves along new routes of energy. We are confident that EXMAR’s experience in the region and unique expertise in liquefaction will support YPF’s ambition to become a significant LNG supplierâ€? said Nicolas Saverys, EXMAR’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Thanks to the commercial relationship with EXMAR we are now able to add value to the resources extracted from Vaca Muerta, and take full advantage of the seasonal opportunity with Asian markets and our unique location to serve demand centersâ€?, said Miguel Gutierrez, President of YPF.

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