GNL Quintero provides clean, efficient and safe energy to central Chile
Our company plays a fundamental role in the country's energy security.
We receive energy from multiple global sources and deliver it to Chilean homes and industries.
Our Terminal has the best available technology for receiving, storing and regasifying Liquefied Natural Gas.
We work in harmony with the environment, handling one of the cleanest and most efficient energy sources.
We comply with the highest safety standards in the design, construction and operation of our Terminal.
We put our energy to work for the development of Quintero and its people.
GNL Quintero is committed to Sustainability.
LNG is natural gas converted into the liquid phase by cooling to a temperature of -160° Celsius. It is stored in liquid form at ambient pressure, occupying approximately 600 times less volume than in the gas phase. This allows the LNG to be transported safely and economically over considerable distances, without loss of its fundamental characteristics.
From natural gas to LNG
Natural gas is the product that GNL Quintero delivers to the market on conclusion of the whole production chain. It is a mixture of light hydrocarbons, containing more than 95% methane (CH4) and smaller proportions of ethane, propane, butane, nitrogen and carbon dioxide.
The main feature of natural gas is that it is the purest and cleanest fossil fuel in existence.
Sources of natural gas
Natural gas is derived from the decomposition of organic material deposited deep below the earth’s surface for millions of years.
The earth's heat and the high pressures below the surface transform the organic material into gas. This accumulates in subterranean rocks or remains trapped underground by solid rocks that prevent the gas from flowing, causing deposits to form.
Natural gas is often found together with oil, when it is called "associated" natural gas. It is called "non-associated" natural gas when it is accompanied by only small amounts of other hydrocarbons or gases.
After extraction, natural gas can be cooled to -160° Celsius to turn it into Liquefied Natural Gas. This is the product that arrives by ship at the GNL Quintero Terminal.
In recent years, technologies have been developed to recover natural gas from non conventional sources, such as:
Other non-conventional sources like natural gas hydrates or methane hydrates are not yet exploited commercially.subir