Turkey’s new FSRU finally arrives home in Dortyol

Turkey’s brand new FSRU, owned by Botas, has finally arrived offshore the southern province of Hatay to start serving the Dortyol facility.

Ertugrul Gazi’s AIS data showed early on Wednesday that the FSRU was located in the Mediterranean Sea, not far from Dortyol, but it did not enter the port by the time this article was published. The vessel should dock at the terminal later this day.

To remind, the FSRU left Hyundai Heavy’s yard in South Korea last month. Botas, a unit of Turkish Petroleum Corp, has also recently shared a video of the FSRU as the vessel neared its destination.

The first Turkish-flagged FSRU has a regasification capacity of 28 million cubic meters per day and a storage capacity of 170,000 cubic meters. It is 295 meters long and 46 meters wide.

The Dortyol facility previously used the 263,000-cbm MOL FSRU Challenger, world’s largest such vessel. This giant departed Turkey about three weeks ago and should later this year start serving a long-term contract in Hong Kong.

In addition to the brand new Ertugrul Gazi, there is also one other FSRU operating in Turkey at the privately-owned Etki terminal in Aliaga, Izmir. The 170,000-cbm Turquoise belongs to Pardus Energy.

Turkey also plans to add another FSRU in Saros Bay, north of the Gallipoli Peninsula.

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