Spanish gas grid operator Enagas is planning “fairly substantial” maintenance between September and November, which will affect LNG terminals, storage and pipelines, according to its recently published work schedule.

The first work scheduled in September is at the 10.5 Bcm a year Sagunto, where regasification capacity is due to be reduced by 20% for cleaning work on the catchment pool. The work is due to commence September 19 and continue through to November 13.

On September 29, the country’s largest LNG terminal, Barcelona (17.1 Bcm/year) will install new arm frames, which will mean no unloading or loading thorough until October 10.

Following that, the terminal will start work on a valve replacement on October 13, which will reduce regasification capacity by 46% through to October 19 and then subsequently start work on drawer catchment cleaning over October 19 to November 2, causing a 23% reduction in regasification capacity.

For December, Barcelona’s sendout capacity is also due to be reduced by 23% over 10 days, yet to be determined, for assembly of the LNG line.

During September, the 3.6 Bcm/year Mugardos terminal also has four sets of work lined up in the surrounding area covering 18 days, but not affecting capacity, according to the schedule.

In October, besides the ongoing maintenance at Barcelona and Sagunto, the 11.8 Bcm/year Huelva terminal will carry out maintenance on its dock protection system, which will reduce regasification capacity to zero.

At the 11.8 Bcm/year Cartagena, Enagas will carry out three days of work on the Rotork actuator control loop system which will reduce regasification capacity by up to 78% and make loading and unloading services unavailable.

The terminal could also be indirectly affected by 15 days of work in October on the surrounding pipeline system but these should not affect regasification capacity or the schedule.

In November, Cartagena will be unavailable for unloading for two days due to a revamp of electrical panels and installation of an emergency generator.

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14th September 2020