The falling trend in Mexico’s LNG imports will resume in 2018 as problems affecting pipeline gas supplies from the US dissipate.
Mexico’s LNG imports have seen an unexpected resurgence in 2017, supporting Latin America’s overall purchases of the fuel. Technical problems with pipelines carrying gas from the US have boosted the intake at the Altamira terminal on Mexico’s east coast. However, the pipeline disruptions are gradually fading and additional capacity is being installed to pipe more US gas to Mexico. Consequently, Altamira imported 23 LNG cargoes in the first 10 months of 2017, much higher than the seven it took during the same period in 2016 (see Mexico’s LNG imports to resume downward trend, 9 November 2017).