LNG Croatia kicks off work to boost regas capacity

State-owned LNG terminal operator LNG Croatia said it had started all the necessary actions to boost the capacity of its FSRU-based Krk LNG terminal.

Earlier this year, Finland’s Wartsila won a contract to supply one regasification module for the 140,000-cbm FSRU LNG Croatia as part of Croatia’s plans to boost the capacity of the LNG terminal.

Under the contract worth about 22.9 million euros ($24.1 million), Wartsila Gas Solutions, a unit of Wartsila, will build the regas module with a maximum capacity of 250,000 m3/h.

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.

In the coming weeks, the project engineering of the new regasification module will be completed, and its production will begin, LNG Croatia said in a social media post on Thursday.

“For the needs of the regasification module operation and due to the specifics of its installation technology as well as the specifics of the operation, a contract was signed for the procurement of a seawater pump with the company Framo, which is one of the leading manufacturers of seawater pumps for LNG and offshore industry,” the company said.

“The pump will supply the heat exchanger for the needs of heat exchange between seawater – glycol as an intermediate fluid and LNG,” it said.

73 LNG cargoes

Last month, Croatia’s FSRU-based Krk terminal received its 70th LNG cargo since the launch of operations in January 2021.

The 2017-built 174,000-cbm, Maran Gas Ulysses, delivered the cargo from the US.

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

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

From the start of commercial operations, the LNG terminal regasified more than 9.92 million cubic meters of LNG and shipped more than 6.16 billion cubic meters of natural gas into the Croatian system, according to LNG Croatia’s website.

The FSRU received in total 73 LNG cargoes up to date.

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