Turkey’s first FSRU to start operating soon
The FSRU Neptune, previously known as GDF Suez Neptune, has arrived near Aliaga on the Agean Sea where it will be used as Turkey’s third LNG import terminal.
The new floating LNG import project will be known as the Etki LNG terminal, according to documents posted by Etki Liman Isletmeleri Dogalgaz Ithalat ve Ticaret, the terminal’s owner and the operator.
The LNG terminal is located in the Aliaga industrial area, adjacent to Cakmaklı village, in the south-western part of Candarlı Bay, Izmir, Turkey.
It consists of a new jetty able to receive LNG carriers of up to 217,000 cbm of capacity, meaning that Qatar’s Q-Flex tankers will be able to dock at the facility. The LNG jetty allows two vessels to be moored in a double-banked configuration so that a visiting tanker can transfer its cargo via an STS operation to the FSRU.
The 145,130-cbm FSRU Neptune, Turkey’s first FSRU, is owned by Höegh LNG Partners (50 percent), MOL (48.5 percent) and Tokyo LNG Tanker (1.5 percent). The FSRU is on a long-term charter to French utility and LNG player Engie.
According to AIS data provided by the vessel tracking website, MarineTraffic, the FSRU loaded a cargo of LNG at Engie’s Montoir LNG terminal prior to arriving in Turkey.
Local media reports suggest that the FSRU is expected to begin operations by the end of this year.
LNG World News contacted Engie for a comment. We did not receive a response by the time this article was published.
LNG World News Staff