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Friday, January 19, 2018

Peru News

Consortium Launches LNG Project

The Peru LNG project, the largest industrial project ever to be undertaken in the history of Peru, officially launched today by awarding to Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (CB&I) the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a natural gas liquefaction plant valued in excess of $1.5b. The Notice To Proceed authorization represents a commitment by the international project consortium (consisting of Hunt Oil Company of the United States, SK Corporation of Korea and Repsol YPF of Spain) to move forward with their direct investments to develop the Peru LNG gas export project. Hunt Oil Company will serve as operator of the project. Peru LNG is a key component in Peru's overall energy plan.

New Perishables Trade Route from Peru to PortMiami

PortMiami is scheduled to receive its first shipment of cold-treated grapes from Peru on December 1, part of a new Cold Treatment Pilot Program that recently went into effect allowing cold treated products to be imported directly from Peru to the Port. Cold treatment is a process performed on fruits and vegetables that entails sustained refrigeration sufficient to kill pests associated with imported fruits and vegetables. In the past, Peruvian products such as table grapes and blueberries could only enter the U.S. via certain northeastern ports; however, under a new pilot program that allows cold treatment products to be imported directly to PortMiami has opened up a new trade route for cold treatment products bound directly for Florida and the southeastern U.S.

First Damen Tug for Peru

ASD Tug 2810 - Artist Impression Courtesy Damen

Launching the business relationship between the two companies, Ian Taylor Peru has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for an ASD Tug 2810. The vessel’s MTU engine and rapid delivery time were both key aspects of the contract. The two companies are also concluding negotiations for an additional order of a second identical vessel. Ian Taylor Peru, the Peruvian subsidiary of the Chilean group of companies Empresas Taylor, has been active in Peru’s towing sector since 1991. The company currently has four tugs in operation there.

Peru to Cut O&G Royalties to Counter Price Slump

Peru is reducing royalties on oil and gas production to about 5 percent on average from the current 20 percent in order to encourage exploration amid slumping prices, the government said Wednesday. The smaller take should help Peru boost interest in new oil contracts that will come up for bidding soon, said Rafael Zoeger, the president of state energy agency Perupetro. Peru has repeatedly pushed back auctioning on more than two dozen oil blocks because of a lack of interest in recent years. "I'd rather get 5 percent on some production than 20 or 30 on none," Zoeger said at a news conference. Perupetro will tailor royalties for each concession, setting a lower rate for more costly and less accessible areas, he said.

Peru Workers Plan Strike That Could Disrupt LNG Exports

Natural gas workers in Peru plan to hold an indefinite strike starting Dec. 29 that would disrupt production of the widely-used fuel as well as Royal Dutch Shell Plc's liquefied natural gas exports, the union SUTRAPPEC said Thursday. Some 200 unionized workers needed to operate Peru's Camisea gas fields will down tools to press Argentine energy company Pluspetrol to offer better wages and benefits in a new labor agreement, said SUTRAPPEC spokesman Juan Carlos Vargas. Pluspetrol owns a controlling stake - 27.2 percent - in the Camisea consortium that produces the vast majority of Peru's natural gas from a remote jungle region. Pluspetrol and Netherlands-based Shell, which exports liquefied natural gas derived from Camisea gas production, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Repsol Signs LNG Supply Deal

Repsol has signed a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement with South Korea's state-owned Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), boosting Repsol’s position as one of the world’s largest shippers of the fuel. The 15-month agreement, which took effect from January, will involve the shipment of 1.9 bcm of gas equivalent to Korea, equivalent to the annual supply of 1 million homes. Repsol will ship the LNG from the Peru LNG terminal, to which the company has the sole off-take rights. The deal, which is Repsol’s first LNG sale in the Far East adds to the company’s supply contracts in Europe and North- and South-America, reinforcing Repsol’s global position in liquefied natural gas marketing.

APM Terminals 30-Yr Callao Terminal Concession

Terminal Muelle Norte at Peru’s largest port is the latest of three expansions into new areas won by APM Terminals this year. Lima, Peru- The new 30-year concession contract for the development and operation of Terminal Muelle Norte at the Port of Callao was signed today by Peruvian President Alan Garcia and representatives of APM Terminals and local partner Central Portuária S.A.C. in the Presidential Palace in Peru’s Capital City of Lima. “Our vision is to transform Terminal…

US Agents Move against Illegal Timber Imports from Amazon

U.S. agents searched the offices of a California-based wood importer this week as part of a broadening government crackdown on imports of illegally harvested timber, according to a previously unreported federal search warrant seen by Reuters. The Department of Homeland Security agents are probing whether privately held Global Plywood & Lumber Inc violated U.S. and Peruvian law by importing wood that officials say was taken from the Amazon without proper permits, according to the warrant filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego on Monday and executed on Tuesday. No charges have been brought against the company. A Homeland Security spokesman in Houston said the investigation was ongoing.

England Logistics Sends 70 Spartan ERV Units to Peru

RoRo: Image courtesy of NYK Line

The 70 Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) units are to be shipped from the Port of Baltimore to Cuerpo General de Bomberos Voluntarios del Peru (the General Body of the Peruvian Volunteer Fire Department) in Lima, Peru, in a collaborative effort between the manufacturers, Spartan ERV (a business unit of Spartan Motors), and non-asset based third party logistics firm England Logistics. England Logistics says that the first 10 units have been transferred to the Port of Baltimore from Spartan's facility in Charlotte, MI and will be loaded on ships for a June 2014 departure.

Peru Grants Permit for Chinese-owned Mine

  The government has granted Chinese-owned Jinzhao Mining Peru the environmental permit for its proposed $1.5 billion Pampa de Pongo iron mine, estimated to produce 22.5 million tonnes per year. The energy and mines ministry said in a statement on Friday that it had also approved the company's environmental plan for a nearby $340 million port terminal that will store and ship its iron concentrates. The open-pit mine, scheduled to be productive for 33 years, will become Peru's biggest iron mine. Shougang Hierro Peru, a unit of China's Shougang Group and the only other major iron mine in the Andean country, produced 6.7 million tonnes of iron in 2013. Jinzhao is owned by China's Nanjinzhao Group Co. (Reporting by Mitra Taj; Editing by Grant McCool)  

Liebherr Opens New Office in Peru

The new Liebherr office in Lima

With more than 100 attendees Liebherr celebrated the inauguration of the new office in Lima City, Peru. The new office will play a significant role in the South American Market for mining and construction machinery. During the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the new office and meet the Liebherr staff. The new facility represents another milestone for the mining and mobile cranes divisions, and it will strengthen the development of new business opportunities in Peru.

Natural Gas Workers in Peru May Strike

Natural gas workers in Peru

Natural gas workers in Peru, South America's biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, said on Friday they had pulled out of wage talks with Argentine energy company Pluspetrol and would vote on a possible strike in a few weeks. Pluspetrol leads the consortium that taps Peru's Camisea fields, the source of the country's daily natural gas output of around 1.2 billion cubic feet. Juan Carlos Vargas, a spokesman for the SUTRAPPEC union that represents 193 of the 494 Camisea workers, said a walkout would halt natural gas production. "There would be no one to pump the gas," Vargas said.

Peru Accedes to Ballast Water Management Convention

Kitack Lim (left) with Claudio de la Puente Ribeyro at IMO’s London headquarters on June 10 (Photo: IMO)

Peru has become the latest country to accede to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM Convention), a treaty designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships’ ballast water. On June 10, Ambassador of Peru to the United Kingdom, Claudio de la Puente Ribeyro, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO headquarters in London to hand over the instrument of accession. With the addition of Peru…

Tsunami Alerts Triggered by Chile 8.2 Quake

File image Tsumami Warning

A powerful earth quake identified by the US Geological Survey as situated about 52 miles north-west of the mining area of Iquique killed at least 5 people, and 6ft waves have hit some areas of Chile. Power cuts, fires  landslides are also mentioned by BBC News. Citing the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the BBC says that an initial warning was issued for Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Panama, but later all watches and alerts were later lifted except for Chile and Peru. Tsunami watches – in which the danger of tidal waves is deemed to be less serious – had been in place for Costa Rica…

Petroperu Tenders to Buy ULSD Cargoes

State-run Petroperu launched a tender to buy six 290,000-324,800 barrel cargoes of ultra low-sulfur diesel (ULSD), to be received from May to June at its Conchan, Mollendo and Callao ports in Peru, according to an invitation seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Previously this month, Petroperu offered to buy one 220,000 barrel cargo combining cracked naphtha and high octane gasoline blend stock (HOGBS) and two 100,000 barrel cargoes of biodiesel for delivery from May to June. According to this tender documents, the first ULSD cargo should arrive to Peru on May 4-8. The company added that it will receive bids until April 10 and they must be indexed to ULSD prices from the U.S. Gulf Coast. The ULSD cargoes, with maximum 15 parts per million sulfur, must be exclusively for Petroperu.

AkzoNobel Coats Vine Trust Medical Ship

Photo courtesy of AkzoNobel

People living in remote and isolated Amazonian communities will now have access to primary healthcare, thanks to the support of a medical ship operated by Vine Trust and restored using coatings from AkzoNobel. Vine Trust’s new vessel, named MV Forth Hope, is expected to deliver more than two million medical consultations over the next 20 years to isolated communities on the Peruvian Amazon. Outfitted with dental facilities, an operating theater, consultation rooms and a pharmacy…

Ecuador to Lift 21% Duty on Colombian Imports

Ecuador will cancel a 21-percent tariff on imports from Colombia by the end of the month, the Colombian trade ministry said late on Wednesday, reversing an effort to shield its economy from an influx of cheap goods. Ecuador, which has been hit by the steep drop in the price of oil, its biggest export, imposed tariffs on imports from Colombia and Peru in January as a result of depreciating currencies in those two nations that made their products cheaper. "In accordance with the commitment made by the Ecuadorian government, the measure will cease to be valid on February 27 at the latest," the Colombian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism said in a statement. Ecuador, the smallest member of OPEC, had also levied a 7 percent duty on imports from Peru. Ecuador, which uses the U.S.

Savannah Handles Imported Grapes

Peruvian red globe grapes undergo customs inspection at the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal. (GPA photo)

The Port of Savannah is now handling grapes imported from Peru, adding to the list of cold-treated perishables using Savannah as a port of entry. "Savannah currently handles avocados, citrus and sweet onions from Peru," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz. The grapes, moved from Andean Sun Produce farms in Ica and Piura, Peru, are part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program, in which citrus, grapes and blueberries are chilled for at least 17 days prior to entry into the U.S. Removing potential pests via cold treatment reduces the need for pesticides.

Consortium Wins Fuel Terminal Contract in Peru

A consortium formed by units of local builder Grana y Montero and Germany's Oiltanking won a 20-year contract for managing five fuel terminals in Peru, Grana y Montero said on Wednesday. The consortium will invest about $225 million in the project, with $190 million returned in the form of discounted payments to state-run energy company Petroperu, Grana y Montero said via email. Each company controls a 50 percent stake in the local consortium, said Grana y Montero, Peru's biggest construction company. Petroperu, which owns the terminals and awarded the management contract, has said it is planning a $3.5 billion expansion of its main refinery, Talara, to boost output by 50 percent to 96,000 barrels per day. (Reporting By Marco Aquino; Editing by Dan Grebler)

Agencies Conduct Post-Fire Inspection

The Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology (ECY,) American President Line (APL) shipping company and the Seattle Fire Department along with assistance from U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are investigating a reported fire aboard a cargo vessel. The 873-ft. motor vessel APL Peru reported smoke and heated bulkheads in and around the ship's number five cargo hold Sunday, Oct. 5, while transiting from Hong Kong. The ship's internal firefighting system was able to significantly suppress the fire and the ship's crew has been constantly monitoring cargo hold temperatures. The cargo hold does not contain hazardous cargo and there are no reports of injuries or pollution. The ship is under its own power and is being brought to Seattle for further investigation and inspection.

GE Diesel Engines for Pesquera Diamante

GE Transportation, in conjunction with its distributor Marinsa Peru, S.A., will supply Pesquera Diamante S.A., in Peru, with 7FDM medium-speed diesel engines. The engines will be used to power newly constructed boats and to repower Pesquera Diamante's entire fleet of purseine net fishing boats. GE will deliver 8-cylinder units rated at 1,400 brake horsepower (bhp) and 12-cylinder models rated at 2,000 bhp. New vessel construction and repowering of the Pesquera Diamante fleet has already begun, and will continue over a four-year period. All the diesel engines will be manufactured at GE's Grove City, Pa., facility. Several of the engines for Pesquera Diamante will be shipped in 2005, while the remainder will be delivered over the next four years.

SeaArk Marine Awarded Contract

SeaArk Marine, aluminum work and patrol boat builder, was recently awarded a contract to built six 40 ft. Dauntless Class patrol boats by the U.S. Navy. The SeaArks are being purchased by the Department of Defense, in support of the PERU Riverine Program. The contract will be administered by the Naval Sea System Command. The vessels will be in operation in Peru on the Amazon River and other river systems. The Peruvian Coast Guard will use the boats for patrol and drug interdiction. Each SeaArk will be outfitted with twin diesel inboard engines, extensive electronics package, berthing for four, galley, head with shower and weapons mounts. Delivery is scheduled to begin in June 2000, with the last boat to be delivered in November 2000.

SeaArk Granted Six Vessel Contract

Aluminum work and patrol boat builder, SeaArk Marine, was granted a contract by the U.S. Navy to construct six 40 ft. Dauntless Class Patrol Boats. The boats are being bought by the Department of Defense - backing the PERU Riverine Program. The six vessels will be operated in Peru along the Amazon River, as well as other river systems, while the Peruvian Coast Guard will utilize the vessels for patrol and drug interdiction. With delivery scheduled to occur from June through November 2000, each SeaArk will include twin diesel inboard engines, comprehensive electronics package, berthing for four and weapons mounts.

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