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GNL Quintero

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.

Storage Tanks

GNL Quintero Terminal has three tanks for storing the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) that is unloaded from ships until it is regasified. This onshore reserve allows it to ensure security of supply.

The first tank is approximately 24 metres high and 45 metres in diameter, and has a capacity of 14,000 cubic metres of LNG (gross). It has a "single containment" design. It was the first tank constructed on the Terminal, and operated during the Early Gas phase while construction of the main storage tanks was completed. This enabled us to supply natural gas to consumers one year in advance of a normal schedule.

The two main storage tanks are 56 metres high and 80 metres in diameter, and can store up to 160,000 cubic metres (gross) each. Their design is "full containment" that consists of a nickel steel tank (to resist the cryogenic temperatures) inside another tank with an outer coating of reinforced concrete.

Each of the main tanks are supported on 260 seismic isolators, making them resistant to major earthquakes, and are monitored by an alarm system controlled from the Control Room.

The safety of the tanks was put to a severe test on 27 February 2010, when an earthquake measuring 8.8 degrees on the Richter scale shook southern-central Chile. The Terminal, located 421 kilometres from the epicentre, withstood the earthquake unharmed and the supply of natural gas to customers was maintained.

GNL Quintero has 334,000 m3 (cubic metres) of LNG storage capacity, equivalent to around 200 million cubic metres of natural gas, or 20 days’ supply at full capacity.

The level of technical complexity involved in the construction of the tanks and seismic isolators was recognised by the Chilean Cement and Concrete Institute, which awarded GNL Quintero its ICH Prize for "Technological Innovation" for the "exceptional" use of this material in the construction of the tanks.

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