Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) has been named the ship manager for Ertuğrul Gazi,
the first Turkish-flagged floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU)
Turkey’s third FSRU, the newbuild completed sea trials in March 2021 and will operate in İskenderun Bay, Hatay Dörtyol in southeast Turkey.
Built by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ertuğrul Gazi is owned by Turkish state-run crude oil and natural gas pipeline company BOTAŞ.
“It is an honour for us to be entrusted with the management of Turkey’s first Turkish-flagged FSRU," said WSM president and chief executive Carl Schou.
Ertuğrul Gazi will be connected to the LNG terminal at Hatay, Turkey. The FSRU has an overall length of 295 m, beam of 46 m, LNG storage capacity of 170,000 m3, with a regasification capacity of 28 million cubic meters per day.
Owned by BOTAS, the newbuild FSRU strengthens Turkey’s energy security, providing it with flexibility to import LNG from various countries or the spot market, without being constrained by pipelines.
Turkey was one of 19 countries that used FSRUs to import LNG in 2020, last importing 9.4M tonnes, representing about 3% of global trade, according to the International Gas Union.
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