BW Tatiana FSRU ready to serve El Salvador LNG-to-power project

The 137,000-cbm BW Tatiana FSRU is ready to start supplying the Energía del Pacífico (EDP) LNG-to-power project in El Salvador.

The vessel left the Keppel Tuas shipyard in Singapore in August and arrived at its new home at the Port of Acajutla, El Salvador, last month, its AIS data shows.

BW LNG, a unit of the Singapore-based gas shipping giant BW, previously said the vessel would be Central America’s first FSRU, representing a key component of the LNG-to-power project.

To remind, Keppel announced last year it won a contract from a joint venture consisting of BW’s LNG unit and US-based Invenergy to convert Shell’s LNG carrier Gallina to an FSRU.

El Salvador’s first LNG-to-power project

Finish tech firm Wartsila announced the installation and successful operation of the FSRU in a statement released on Wednesday.

The vessel will provide fuel to the integrated project that includes a 378-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant.

Also, the project developed by Inverengy’s Energía del Pacífico now becomes El Salvador’s first LNG-to-power project.

Wartsila says the FSRU is part of the technology solution which also includes its 50SG gas engines and a steam turbine cycle which will provide power for 30 percent of the country’s electricity demand

Gas will be delivered to the onshore power plant via a subsea pipeline, which started this week, according to Wartsila.

This would transform El Salvador into a net exporter of electric power instead of a net importer, it said.

Additionally, the project would replace heavy fuel oil power generation and offer flexibility needed to support increasing utilization of renewable energy into the national grid, Wartsila said.

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