Turkish FSRU receives first LNG cargo
Turkey's Ertugrul Gazi floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in the southern Hatay province in Turkey has received its first LNG cargo, operator Botas reported on July 2.
The first Turkish-flagged FSRU received a 132,000-m3 LNG cargo that originated in Algeria from BW LNG's Berge Arzew tanker, Botas said.
Botas took delivery of Ertugrul Gazi in late April. The FSRU is stationed at the Dortyol LNG import terminal, having replaced a previous vessel that had been leased. It is also expected to serve at Turkey's new Saros LNG terminal in the country's northwest. Its regasification capacity is 28mn m3/day.
The FSRU was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea.
Turkey imported 10.72mn metric tons of LNG last year, including 3.96mn mt from Algeria and 1.32mn mt from Nigeria. The government is looking to use flexible LNG supply as leverage for negotiating better terms with its pipeline gas suppliers, although the recent spike in LNG prices has undermined this strategy. Botas' long-term contract for 6.6bn m3/year of gas from the first phase of the BP-led Shah Deniz project in the Azerbaijan expired in mid-April, and negotiations to renew the deal continue.