Snam’s FSRU leaves Keppel’s yard in Singapore to start Italian job

Snam’s 2015-built FSRU Golar Tundra has left Keppel’s yard in Singapore and will soon head to Italy to start serving the LNG import facility in Piombino.

CoolCo, which manages the FSRU that was previously owned by Golar LNG, revealed this via its social media on Tuesday.

“Golar Tundra is leaving Singapore on her way to Italy after a successful transition to an FSRU,” it said.

According to its AIS data provided by VesselsValue, the FSRU left the yard on Tuesday and was located near the Singapore LNG import terminal on Jurong Island at 11.00am CET time.

Keppel, CoolCo, and Golar LNG prepared the unit at Keppel Shipyard ahead of its job in Piombino. The FSRU now also has Snam’s logo.

Start in May

The Italian energy firm purchased this FSRU from Golar LNG last year for $350 million as part of Italy’s plans to replace Russian pipeline gas and strengthen energy security.

Golar Tundra can operate both as an LNG carrier and as an FSRU, and it has a continuous regasification capacity of 5 billion cubic meters per year.

It will serve as an LNG import facility in Piombino, in the province of Livorno.

Snam said in November last year that it expects the Piombino FSRU-based terminal to reach commercial operation in May 2023.

LNG Prime contacted Snam for a comment regarding the launch of the project, but we did not receive a reply by the time this article was published.

More FSRUs

Besides this unit, Snam bought one FSRU from BW and also signed a deal to convert LNG carrier Golar Arctic into an FSRU.

Snam plans to employ the 2015-built FSRU BW Singapore to serve the facility off Ravenna by the end of 2024.

Italy already has the FSRU Toscana, where Snam holds a 49.07 percent stake, Snam’s onshore Panigaglia terminal, the Adriatic LNG import terminal, as well as the small-scale facilities such as the terminal in the port of Ravenna and the Higas terminal.

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