AG&P: loaded FSU ready to start serving first LNG import terminal in Philippines

Singapore’s LNG firm AG&P will soon start commissioning activities at the first import terminal in the Philippines following the completion of a ship-to-ship LNG transfer between Golar Glacier and Ish in Subic Bay.

Earlier this month, AG&P announced the arrival of the first commissioning cargo for its LNG import terminal in Batangas Bay.

Vitol supplied the cargo from UAE onboard the 161,900-cbm LNG vessel, Golar Glacier.

Golar Glacier and the 137,500-cbm floating storage unit, Ish, performed a ship-to-ship (STS) LNG transfer in Subic Bay during April 8-9 to cool down the latter’s five LNG tanks.

After that, the two vessels met again in Subic Bay, located north from Batangas Bay, to complete the full STS LNG tansfer.

AG&P announced the completion of the STS transfer in a social media post on Monday.

“The Ish FSU is currently enroute to AG&P’s Philippines LNG (PHLNG) import terminal in Batangas Bay, the first LNG terminal in the country and the first modular LNG terminal in the world,” the firm said.

AG&P did not provide any additional information.

According to its AIS data, the loaded FSU arrived in Batangas Bay during the weekend.

FSU and onshore facilities

The LNG import facility will feature the converted FSU, which AG&P chartered from Adnoc for a period of up to 15 years.

Also, the FSU will be capable of loading LNG at a peak rate of 10,000 cbm/hr and a discharge-to-shore peak rate of 8,000 cbm/hr.

It is a central component of the combined offshore-onshore import terminal that will have an initial capacity of 5 million tonnes per annum.

In addition to the FSU, McDermott’s unit CB&I Storage Solutions has won contracts to build two storage tanks for the LNG import terminal in the Philippines.

Philippines LNG will store and dispatch regasified LNG to power plant, industrial and commercial customers but also other consumers.

The Philippines has several LNG import facilities on the table as the Malampaya gas field becomes less reliable in producing and providing sufficient fuel supply for the country’s existing gas-fired power plants.

This includes First Gen’s Batangas FSRU-based LNG import terminal which should launch operations later this year.

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