Croatian FSRU gets Algerian LNG cargo

Croatia’s Krk liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal has received a cargo from Algeria, according to shipping data.

State-owned LNG terminal operator LNG Croatia said in a short social media post on Wednesday that the LNG carrier Ougarta delivered the 92nd cargo to the 140,000-cbm FSRU since the launch of operations in January 2021.

The firm did not provide any additional information.

The 2017-built 171,800-cbm, Ougarta, owned by Sonatrach’s unit Hyproc Shipping, previously picked up the cargo at Sonatrach’s Arzew LNG plant (GNL3) in Algeria, its AIS data provided by VesselsVaue shows.

Shipping data shows that the Krk LNG terminal has not previously received cargoes from Algeria.

The Croatian FSRU mainly receives shipments from the US, but it also received cargoes from Qatar, Nigeria, Egypt, Trinidad, Indonesia, and reloads from European terminals.

LNG Croatia is owned by Croatian state-owned power utility HEP and Plinacro, the national gas transmission system operator (TSO), with 85 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

HEP recently issued a tender seeking up to six LNG cargoes for delivery to the FSRU-based LNG terminal on the island of Krk.

Hungary’s MFGK and a unit of Switzerland-based trading firm MET are some of the users of the facility.

Due to high demand, LNG Croatia is currently working to boost the capacity of its terminal.

Last year, a unit of Finland’s Wartsila won a contract to supply one regasification module for the FSRU.

Under the contract, Wartsila Gas Solutions is building the regas module with a maximum capacity of 250,000 m3/h. The firm awarded the module contract to China’s CIMC SOE.

The current three LNG regasification units have a maximum regasification rate of 451,840 m3/h.

Following the upgrade, the Krk LNG facility will have a capacity of about 6.1 bcm per year in 2025.

The European Commission recently approved a 25 million euro ($27 million) Croatian measure to support the expansion of the LNG terminal.

This measure will support the installation of the additional regasification module.

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