Steel cut for Croatian regas module in China

Chinese shipbuilder Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering and a unit of Wartsila have officially started building one regasification module that will be installed onboard the 140,000-cbm FSRU, LNG Croatia.

The steel-cutting ceremony for the 450MT regas module took place on February 28, according to a statement by CIMC SOE.

CIMC SOE said the module will be equipped with two LNG booster pumps, one BOG recondenser, two LNG vaporizers, and other equipment.

In November last year, Norway-based Wartsila Gas Solutions signed a contract with CIMC SOE for the construction of the module.

Prior to that, Wartsila Gas Solutions won the job worth about 22.9 million euros ($25 million) to supply the regasification module for the FSRU that serves LNG Croatia’s Krk LNG import facility.

Steel cut for Croatian regas module in China
Image: CIMC SOE

The new module will supplement the vessel’s existing onboard Wartsila regasification system and increase the FSRU terminal’s capacity with 212 mmscfd (million standard cubic feet per day) or 250,000 cbm per hour.

The current three LNG regasification units have a maximum regasification rate of 451,840 cbm per hour.

Following the upgrade, the Krk LNG facility will have a capacity of about 6.1 bcm per year.

Wartsila Gas Solutions previously said the module will be installed during summer 2025.

Back in 2020, China’s Huarun Dadong and its shareholder Hudong-Zhonghua completed the conversion of the 2005-built 140,000-cbm vessel, Golar Viking, to an FSRU.

After that, the FSRU departed to the island of Krk, and received its first commercial LNG cargo in January 2021.

The FSRU recently received its 85th cargo since the start of operations.

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