Cuba Moves Ahead With $2.7 Billion LNG, Ammonia Projects
By Pietro D. Pitts Apr 28, 2014 9:13 PM GMT+0200
Cuba continues moving forward with development of a $1.4 billion natural
gas regasification project and a $1.2 billion urea and ammonia plant
under a Venezuelan initiative to provide cheap fuel to regional allies.
The regasification project will have the capacity to process 2.06
million metric tons per year and consist of building facilities to
receive and process liquefied natural gas, Petroleos de Venezuela SA
said in a December report released last week. The aim of the project is
to provide a clean and low-cost energy source to the population, the
company said without giving a completion date.
The urea and ammonia plant will have the capacity to process 400,000
metric tons per year of urea and 370,000 metric tons per year of
ammonia. The project seeks to benefit Cuba's industrial sector,
particularly plastics, industrial agriculture and chemical products,
Output from the urea and ammonia plant will be destined to meet demand
in Cuba while excess output will be exported by PDVSA's petrochemical
affiliate Pequiven to countries in Central America and the Caribbean.
The project conceptualization phase has been finalized though no
completion date was given.
Created by late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2005, the
Petrocaribe Initiative lets its 18 member countries buy oil from PDVSA
at market prices, paying 5 percent upfront and the remainder over 25
years at 1 percent interest.
PDVSA exported an average 103,400 barrels a day to Petrocaribe members
in 2013 compared to 102,000 barrels a day in 2012, the company said.
Cuba, under an accord with Venezuela, received 89,600 barrels per day in
2013 from PDVSA compared with 91,100 barrels per day in 2012.
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