Deutsche ReGas makes first step to relocate Lubmin FSRU to Mukran

German LNG terminal operator Deutsche ReGas is moving forward with its plans to relocate the 2009-built 145,000-cbm, FSRU Neptune, from Lubmin to the port of Mukran.

Deutsche ReGas previously said it will move this FSRU it chartered from France’s TotalEnergies to Mukran on the island of Rügen as part of the second phase of its FSRU-based LNG terminal with a capacity of up to 13.5 bcm per year.

The unit, owned 50 percent by Hoegh LNG, will join the 2021-built 174,000-cbm, Energos Power, which recently received its first LNG tanker as part of the commissioning phase.

Deutsche ReGas officially launched its Lubmin FSRU-based LNG import terminal, first private LNG terminal in Germany, in January last year.

Besides Neptune, the project included the 137,814-cbm LNG carrier Seapeak Hispania which served as a floating storage unit for the project.

The firm also chartered three small LNG carriers from Anthony Veder to transport LNG from the FSU Seapeak Hispania to the FSRU due to draft restrictions in Lubmin.

According to a statement by Deutsche ReGas issued on Wednesday, the company said it has terminated the LNG shuttle service in the Greifswald Bodden as planned.

The German firm led by Ingo Wagner and Stephan Knabe said Seapeak Hispania will leave its location on Wednesday as well as the shuttle tankers.

Deutsche ReGas is thus initiating the first step towards relocating the Neptune from
Lubmin to the new “Deutsche Ostsee” terminal in the industrial port of Mukran, it said.

FSRU to arrive in Mukran in beginning of summer

As per the FSRU, the vessel will first regasify the remaining loaded volumes and feed it into the grid.

This will be followed by a temporary stay in a European shipyard for necessary refitting work, Deutsche ReGas said.

Following completion of refitting work, the FSRU is expected to arrive in Mukran in the beginning of summer.

During the operation of the LNG terminal in Lubmin, Deutsche ReGas carried out 480 ship-to-ship transfers without incidents and demonstrated its ability to supply about 1.3 million households per year, the firm said.

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