Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner held a video conference with the city of San Vicente, Province of Buenos Aires to inaugurate the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant for Buquebus group. The plant has been established to provide fuel for LNG-powered turbines of the new ferry “Francisco,” which will be environmentally cleaner than current passenger boats plying the Rio de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay.
Located on a 37 acre site in Domselaar, San Vicente, the plant uses advanced technology developed by Argentine company Galileo which allows a more economical and efficient production of small volumes of LNG. It is capable of producing up to 84 tons of fuel per day and store up to 190 tons.
The local mayor, Daniel Di Sabatino, acknowledged the President’s deceased husband, former president Néstor Kirchner as the instigator of economic reform which has benefited San Vicente: “This is a turning point in San Vicente that allows us to show a different Argentina, and this occurs since Nestor decided to transform Argentina.”
In turn, the president of Buquebus, Juan Carlos Lopez Mena, said that 96% of the components used in the plant are from Argentine industry and it is the first plant in the world like this. “There are many entrepreneurs who are waiting to come and visit,” he said.
Launch participants included the technical manager for Buquebus, Aníbal Argomedo; the Controller of ENARGAS, Pronsato Antonio; General Manager Ports (AGP), José Beni; the coorddinadora Hydrocarbon Transportation by Pipelines, Liliana Garrido; and CEO of Galileo and NGV Global board member, Osvaldo del Campo.
(Source: Presidente de la Nación Argentina)