Reports say the Engie-owned floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) GDF Suez Neptune is sailing, fully laden, towards Turkey and will take position as the country’s first floating import terminal next Saturday.
Tracking the ship’s AIS data, Paris-based KPLER says GDF Suez Neptune loaded a full cargo at France’s Montoir LNG terminal on Wednesday and is now at sea. KPLER says the vessel will take position off the Turkish coast on 10 December.
Turkey, which imports all its gas, is said to need two FSRUs to supplement its land-based import terminals Aliaga LNG and Marmara Ereglisi LNG.
This summer, Turkish construction giant Kolin was looking to buy or charter a vintage FSRU in time for winter, to be moored off Aliaga in the western Aegean. Turkish news agencies have also reported that national oil and gas importer Botas had invited tenders, for a September deadline, to supply the country’s first FSRU, to be moored off Izmir.
French energy giant Engie declined to confirm that the FSRU is en route to Turkey or to discuss its plans for the 2009-built, 145,130m³ vessel.
GDF Suez Neptune was previously moored off Uruguay. It is expected to be replaced by 263,000m³ Mitsui OSK newbuilding Hull 2419, the largest FSRU built to date, which will process up to 4 million tonnes a year of LNG.