Croatian FSRU arrives at Krk site

Croatia’s FSRU has arrived for the first time at its base on the island of Krk in the northern Adriatic Sea.

The FSRU arrived at Krk after picking up a small commissioning cargo from Sagunto in Spain.

The vessel docked at the Krk terminal jetty on Tuesday while commissioning activities of the terminal started the day after, according to the state-owned operator LNG Croatia.

Furthermore, the activities include testing certain systems of the FSRU and the onshore facilities, all in order for the terminal to start commercial operations on January 1, the firm said.

To remind, the FSRU departed China’s Huarun Dadong yard in Shanghai on September 22 after the yard and its parent CSSC Hudong-Zhonghua delivered it to Golar LNG.

LNG firm Golar won a deal last year to provide its 2005-built 140,205-cbm vessel Golar Viking to the Krk project and convert it to a FSRU.

After that, the LNG firm tapped Hudong-Zhonghua to perform conversion works and agreed a $160 million sale and leasback deal for the vessel with CSSC Leasing, the leasing unit of China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

The ship arrived at the Huarun Dadong yard in January this year and reached completion some nine months later.

Following a three-week long trip from China, the FSRU arrived in Rijeka more than a month ago where it entered the Viktor Lenac yard for final tests prior to departing to Sagunto.

Once commissioning activities at the Krk facility come to a wrap, Golar will officially hand over the FSRU to LNG Croatia but will continue operating and maintaining the unit for ten years.

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