Gastrade: Alexandroupolis FSRU to get second LNG cargo in May

Greece’s Gastrade expects to receive the second LNG cargo at its FSRU-based LNG import terminal off Alexandroupolis next month.

A Gastrade spokeswoman told LNG Prime in emailed comments that “the commissioning of the terminal is ongoing.”

“The next cargo is set to arrive in mid-May, after the terminal reaches commercial operations which is set for the end of April,” she said.

The spokeswoman did not provide any details regarding the new LNG shipment.

The 2018-built 174,000-cbm LNG carrier, GasLog Hong Kong, delivered on February 18 the commissioning cargo from the US to the 153,600-cbm Alexandroupolis.

This LNG carrier, chartered by France’s TotalEnergies, brought the shipment from Sempra’s Cameron LNG plant in Louisiana, while Gastrade’s shareholder DEPA sold some of these commissioning volumes to Moldova’s state-owned energy firm Energocom.

Besides DEPA, Gastrade’s shareholders include founder Copelouzou, DESFA, Bulgartransgaz, and GasLog.

First FSRU in Greece

Greece’s first FSRU arrived in Alexandroupolis from Singapore on December 17, 2023, while mooring hook-up was completed on December 23.

The FSRU is located in the sea of Thrace at a distance of 17.6 km SW from the port of Alexandroupolis and 10 km from the nearest coast of Makri.

Also, the facility sends regasfied LNG to a high-pressure subsea and onshore gas transmission pipeline.

The pipeline will deliver natural gas to the Greek transmission system and onwards to the final consumers in Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, North Macedonia, Serbia and further to Moldova and Ukraine to the East and Hungary and Slovakia to the West, Gastrade previously said.

The Alexandroupolis LNG terminal will have a capacity of 5.5 Bcm.

This is Greece’s first FSRU and the second LNG import facility, adding to DESFA’s import terminal located on the island of Revithoussa.

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