France’s Le Havre FSRU gets second LNG cargo

France’s first floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in Le Havre, operated by TotalEnergies, received its second LNG carrier.

The 2023-built 174,000-cbm, Maran Gas Marseille, delivered the shipment from Sempra Infrastructure’s Cameron LNG export plant in Louisiana and departed from the 2010-built 145,130-cbm FSRU, Cape Ann, on Monday, according to its AIS data provided by VesselsValue.

TotalEnergies also confirmed the arrival of Maran Gas Marseille.

In August, Greece’s Maran Gas, the gas shipping unit of Angelicoussis, took delivery of this LNG carrier. The newbuild serves a charter with TotalEnergies.

The French energy giant also charters the 283 meters long FSRU from Hoegh LNG, which has a 50 percent stake in Cape Ann and Japan’s MOL, which owns a 48.5 percent stake. Tokyo LNG Tanker holds a 1.5 percent share in the unit.

Maran Gas Marseille delivered the second commercial LNG cargo to the FSRU following the first delivery onboard the 2022-built 174,000-cbm, Minerva Amorgos.

Miverva Amorgos brought the cargo from Equinor’s Hammerfest LNG export plant in Norway, where TotalEnergies has a stake.

TotalEnergies also has a 16.6 percent stake in Sempra’s Cameron LNG plant.

Maran Gas Marseille (Image: Angelicoussis)

The Courbevoie-based firm announced on October 26 that the Le Havre FSRU started delivering natural gas supplies to the grid.

Prior to starting deliveries to the grid, the FSRU took a cargo off Gibraltar via a ship-to-ship operation with the LNG carrier Seapeak Arwa. This shipment also came from Equinor’s Hammerfest LNG export plant.

Following this transfer, Cape Ann berthed on September 18 at the “Bougainville Sud” dock in the Le Havre port.

The FSRU is expected to receive at least two more LNG cargoes by the end of this year.

TotalEnergies has contracted 50 percent of the Le Havre terminal’s annual capacity of around 5 billion cubic meters, to supply it with LNG from its global portfolio.

The remaining capacity will be marketed according to rules approved by the regulator, it previously said.

This is France’s first FSRU-based facility and the fifth LNG import terminal.

France hosts four onshore LNG terminals with a capacity of about 26.8 mtpa.

These are Elengy’s Fos Tonkin, Fos Cavaou, and Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminals, and also the Dunkirk LNG facility.

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