Klaipėda LNG FSRU

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Klaipėda liquefied natural gas floating storage and regasification unit terminal
Independence ship.png
Main vessel of the terminal
Location
Country Lithuania
Location Kiaulės Nugara, Klaipėda
Details
Opened 2014
Owned by Klaipėdos Nafta
Type of harbor liquified natural gas terminal
Available berths 1 (Platform for LNG tankers)
Website
www.sgd.lt
Terminal will be built in island of Kiaulės Nugara (left center) in Klaipėda port.
Terminal will be located in Southern part of Port of Klaipėda.

Klaipėda liquefied natural gas floating storage and regasification unit terminal or Klaipėda LNG FSRU (Lithuanian: Klaipėdos suskystintų gamtinių dujų terminalas) is a LNG terminal under construction in the port of Klaipėda, Lithuania. It costs US$128 million.[1] The project operator is Klaipedos Nafta.

The terminal is scheduled to begin operations on 3 December 2014.[2] After the completion of the Klaipėda LNG FSRU, Lithuania will become the fifth country in the world to use FSRU technology for liquefied natural gas.[3]

History[edit]

On 22–27 January 2014 pilot test was conducted in order to assess the FSRU Independence performance and seaworthiness. Later on the vessel sailed to the sea and the ship's sea trial lasted nearly a week. Earlier, in the beginning of January the ship's propulsion system was tested, later crew safety equipment and other range of testing conducted.[4] It was delivered in March 2014 and was reached the terminal on 27 October 2014.[5]

In June 2014 supplying platform was finished to be built in Kiaulės Nugara.[6] It is one of the four main elements of 450-metre (1,480 ft) length embankment (together with mounting and mooring field, steel bridges and high-pressure gas platform).

On 27 October 2014 the main vessel arrived to Klaipėda's Port. The welcoming ceremony of Independence arrival was broadcast live by national broadcaster LRT televizija, while the ship was greeted by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė. Representatives from Latvia, Estonia, Norway, the United States, Finland, Sweden and European Council also participated at the opening.[7]

Storage and regasification vessel[edit]

Main article: FSRU Independence

FSRU Independence, a LNG carrier built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, is designed as a floating LNG storage and regasification unit for the terminal. It is leased from Höegh LNG for 10 years with an option of buyout.[1] It has a maximum capacity capacity to handle of almost 4 billion cubic metres per annum (140 billion cubic feet per annum) of natural gas (2.2 million tonnes of LNG), while it has four storage tanks with total capacity of 170,000 cubic metres (6,000,000 cu ft).[1][8] However, until the end of 2015, the maximum capacity is to 2 billion cubic metres per annum (71 billion cubic feet per annum) due to limited pipeline capacity between Lithuania and underground storage in Latvia, and due to a closed gas market in Latvia.[9]

Supply[edit]

Statoil is contracted to supply LNG for five years to cover the minimum operational need of the terminal.[1] In 2015, Statoil will supply 540 million cubic metres (19 billion cubic feet) of natural gas.[10] The first cargo is expected to be delivered on 28 October 2014 by LNG tanker Golar Seal. Gas is originating from the Snøhvit field (Melkøya LNG plant). It is imported by Litgas, a subsidiary of Lietuvos Energija.[8]

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