Ertuğrul Gazi FSRU meets post-earthquake gas needs in Kahramanmaraş

Ertuğrul Gazi, the first Turkish-flagged floating storage and gasification unit (FSRU), has worked at full capacity to meet the demand for natural gas after the devastating earthquake that hit the country on 6 February.

Ertuğrul Gazi FSRU: Archive. Courtesy of BOTAŞ

According to a statement by Boru Hatları ile Petrol Taşıma AŞ (BOTAŞ), the company’s teams worked around the clock to repair the damages in the natural gas main transmission lines in the Kahramanmaraş region after the earthquakes.

The owner of the Ertuğrul Gazi FSRU, which operates at the Dörtyol terminal located in Hatay, said that the unit alone met the natural gas needs of the region after the earthquake.

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The Ertuğrul Gazi FSRU features an LNG storage capacity of 170,000 cubic metres, which equals 102 million cubic metres in gas form, and has a regasification capacity of 28 million cubic metres per day. This 295-metre long, 46-metre wide and 63-metre high vessel started operating in June 2021.

The earthquake that hit Türkiye and Syria last week has caused widespread devastation, with thousands of people affected and hundreds of buildings damaged or destroyed. Reports show that the death toll in the two countries now surpasses 43,000.

Port of Iskenderun was also subject to significant damage in the earthquake that measured 7.8 in magnitude on the Richter scale, leading to a full stoppage of operations and break out of a large fire.

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