Italy’s Piombino FSRU gets first cargo from Eni’s Congo LNG project

Snam’s Piombino FSRU-based terminal in Italy has received the first liquefied natural gas cargo produced at Eni’s Tango floating LNG facility in Congo, according to shipping data.

The 2010-built 155,000-cbm LNG carrier, GasLog Savannah, was on Tuesday morning local time located at the 170,000-cbm Golar Tundra in the port of Piombino, its AIS data provided by VesselsValue shows.

Eni said on February 27 that it was loading the first LNG cargo in the Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, and that it will deliver the shipment to the Piombino FSRU-based terminal.

LNG Prime reported on March 13 that GasLog Savannah was located in the Alboran Sea off Spain and heading towards Italy.

However, the LNG carrier changed course and was anchored offshore Gibraltar the day after.

Since then, GasLog Savannah has been circling in the Mediterranean Sea and it finally arrived in Piombino on Monday, the data shows.

LNG Prime previously contacted Eni to comment on the arrival of the LNG carrier in Piombino but we did not receive a reply.

Tango FLNG

Eni introduced the first gas in December 2023 into its Tango FLNG facility. Prior to that, the unit arrived in Congo from Dubai.

The Italian firm purchased the 144 meters long Tango FLNG from Belgium’s Exmar and it also chartered the 2002-built 138,000-cbm steam turbine LNG carrier, Excalibur, to serve as an FSU for the project.

Moreover, the floating LNG producer, delivered in 2017 by China’s Wison, has a liquefaction capacity of about 1 billion cubic meters per year of gas, or 0.6 mtpa, and a storage capacity of 16,100 cbm.

Eni said the FLNG project, situated within the Marine XII permit, will achieve a plateau gas liquefaction capacity of about 4.5 billion cubic meters per annum and will mark zero flaring from operated activities in country.

Also, a second FLNG vessel with a capacity of about 3.5 bcm per year of gas, or 2.4 mtpa, is under construction in China and is expected to begin production in 2025.

Wison Offshore & Marine won a contract from Eni in December 2022 to build the 380 meters long FLNG. The unit will be able to store over 180,000 cubic meters of LNG.

The volumes produced from the FLNG project will be marketed by Eni, strengthening and expanding the company’s LNG portfolio.

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