Americas Trade

October 2017

Puerto Rico’s LNG imports have been severely hit by hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Maria and Irma were Category 5 hurricanes – the most powerful classification on the Saffir-Simpson scale – and Maria was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since 1928. The island’s ageing electricity infrastructure was vulnerable to damage. Irma left almost two-thirds of Puerto Rico’s population without power, according to reports. Maria, which followed Irma, caused even greater damage.

Puerto Rico primarily imports LNG to generate electricity, but extensive hurricane damage to...

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