Turkey’s biggest floating storage and regasification vessel (FSRU) is due to complete what is claimed to be the biggest-ever ship-to-ship transfer of LNG today, at the outlying Mediterranean port of Dörtyol.
Owned by the government’s Turkish Petroleum Pipeline Corporation, 345-m long FSRU Challenger with a storage capacity of 263,000 m3 has been taking gas since 2 January in a two-day operation from Qatar’s Al Sadd, a 315-m long tanker with a capacity of 206,000 m3.
According to the corporation’s oil utilities regional director Mehmet Tecimen, this was a landmark operation involving two of the biggest ships of their kind and a transfer that breaks previous records for ship-to-ship LNG loadings. Owned by Nakilat, 10-year-old Al Sadd is registered in the Marshall Islands.
The corporation’s vessel, which will inject the LNG into Turkey’s pipeline system for natural gas, is able to pump 20M cmta at the Dörtyol terminal, which is located on the Gulf of Iskenderun in the southeast of the country near the border with Syria.
The transfer is also a landmark in the availability of natural gas. The corporation, known as Botas, launched the country’s first FSRU in 2016 and followed up with the giant FSRU Challenger, which was floated in February 2018 as an important step in reducing the country’s dependency on pipeline gas. Under the strategy the vessels are designed to dock at special terminals built in smaller ports such as Dörtyol close to regions with high gas demand.
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