Lithuanian FSRU back online

Lithuanian floating storage and regasification unit Independence is now back in action following the completion of dredging works in the port of Klaipeda.

Courtesy of port of Klaipeda
Image courtesy of Port of Klaipeda

To remind, Klaipėdos Nafta temporarily relocated the FSRU last week from its usual location near Kiaules Nugara Island while Klaipeda’s port waters were being cleaned.

The maintenance works conducted by Belgian dredging company Jan de Nul “were smooth and the contractor managed to finish them earlier than planned”, according to a statement by the Klaipeda port on Wednesday.

In total, 50,444 cubic meters of silt soil were excavated in the LNG terminal area, the statement said.

The FSRU resumed its usual operations on Monday morning.

Klaipedos Nafta is currently leasing the FSRU Independence from Norway’s Hoegh LNG under a ten-year deal that expires in 2024.

However, the Lithuanian company has recently signed a deal with the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) to finance the purchase of a FSRU once this agreement expires.

NIB’s loan of €160 million ($182.2 million) will finance the acquisition of the “most economically viable” FSRU at the end of 2024.