Germany’s Wilhelmshaven FSRU terminal gets another US LNG cargo

Germany’s first FSRU-based import facility in Wilhelmshaven has received another liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from the US, according to shipping data.

The 2021-built 174,000-cbm LNG carrier, Diamond Gas Victoria, owned by a joint venture led by NYK and chartered by a unit of Mitsubishi, arrived at the FSRU in Wilhelmshaven on Monday, according to its AIS data provided by VesselsValue.

Diamond Gas Victoria delivered a cargo to the 170,000-cbm FSRU Hoegh Esperanza, owned by Norway’s Hoegh LNG, from Sempra’s Cameron LNG terminal in Louisiana, the data shows.

Prior to this, the 2021-built 174,000-cbm LNG carrier, Maran Gas Ithaca, delivered the first commercial cargo from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana while the 174,000-cbm LNG carrier, Maria Energy, brought a cargo from Venture Global LNG’s Calcasieu Pass terminal in Louisiana.

The Calcasieu Pass shipment was used for the commissioning process.

Hoegh Esperanza arrived in Wilhelmshaven on December 15 while Uniper and its partners launched the facility two days later.

Prior to arriving in Wilhelmshaven, the FSRU took a cargo in Spain at the Saggas regasification plant in Sagunto operated by Enagas as well.

The vessel started supplying this gas to the German grid on December 21.

Uniper developed the Wilhelmshaven FSRU-based facility on behalf of the German government, along with Niedersachsen Ports that performed the works on the port infrastructure, such as the jetty, while OGE was responsible for the 26 kilometers long connecting pipeline.

First cargo from Angola

Besides these US LNG shipments, Hoegh Esperanza is expected to receive its first LNG cargo from Angola this week.

The 2011-built 160,000-cbm LNG carrier, Malanje, owned by a consortium consisting of NYK, Mitsui, and Seapeak arrived offshore Wilhelmshaven on Monday, its AIS data shows.

Malanje is carrying a cargo from the Chevron-operated Angola LNG plant in Soyo, the data shows.

The Wilhelmshaven facility is the first of six FSRU-based terminals in Germany that are expected to go online by winter 2023/2024.

Moreover, the government backed the charter of five FSRUs while Deutsche ReGas built the first private FSRU-based facility in Lubmin.

The five government-backed FSRUs will be operated by new state-owned firm Deutsche Energy Terminal GmbH.

Earlier this month, Deutsche Regas officially launched its FSRU-based LNG import terminal in Lubmin, Germany’s second such facility, while the 170,000-cbm Hoegh Gannet, the country’s third FSRU and the second backed by the government, arrived in Brunsbuettel last week.

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