World’s largest FSRU starts operating in Turkey
The MOL FSRU Challenger, the world’s largest FSRU, arrived in Turkey in November last year following delivery to its owner on October 10, MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd, a unit of the Japanese shipowner.
The FSRU has an LNG storage capacity of 263,000 cubic meters and has re-shipment and gas transfer capabilities. The unit has a regas discharge capacity of 540 million cubic meters per day.
State gas grid operator Botas chartered the vessel from MOL to be used as an import terminal for the project called Botas-Dörtyol FSRU terminal.
Turkey’s energy and natural resources minister Berat Albayrak said in a speech at the opening ceremony that the country aims to reduce dependency on pipeline gas through FSRUs.
Using FSRUs, Turkey is minimizing investment costs for transmission and distribution lines as well as transportation costs, the minister said.
To remind, Turkey’s first FSRU, the FSRU Neptune, was launched in December 2017 in Izmir. The LNG facility is located in the Aliaga industrial area, adjacent to Cakmaklı village, in the south-western part of Candarlı Bay.