Italy’s OLT says to start FSRU maintenance in March

Italy’s OLT Offshore LNG Toscana now aims to start maintenance at its FSRU terminal, located about 22 km off the coast between Livorno and Pisa, on March 1, one month ahead of its previous plans.

Last month, OLT Offshore said that it plans to shut its FSRU terminal from the beginning of April to the end of October this year for “extraordinary” maintenance.

The LNG terminal operator decided to carry out an intervention aimed at replacing the bearing of the anchoring system of the terminal, a system designed and built to ensure the rotation of the terminal around the geostationary turret permanently anchored to the seabed.

OLT Offshore said in a statement on Monday that the “FSRU Toscana terminal will undergo the announced extraordinary maintenance period on March 1st, 2024.”

“The maintenance activity is expected to end by October 31, 2024. During this period the regasification service shall be interrupted,” the firm said.

OLT Offshore did not provide further information.

The FSRU a maximum regasification capacity of 5 bcm a year and it sends natural gas to Italy’s national grid via a 36.5 kilometers long pipeline.

Italy’s Snam holds a 49.07 percent stake in the LNG terminal, while Igneo Infrastructure Partners owns a 48.24 percent share.

Golar LNG, that provided the 2003-built 137,100-cbm FSRU has a minor 2.69 percent stake in the LNG import facility.

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