What is FSRU?

4 11 2009

FSRU (Floating Storage Regasification Unit) is special floating vessel that stores gas and regasifies the LNG tanker.

FSRU berthing

Studies on FSRU have been developed by many engineering and oil & gas company and some of them have been approved by ABS (American Bureau Standard). Currently several FSRU is under construction and will be operating in the near time. FSRU incorporate many of the same safety features as an LNG carrier and each of the technologies and components involved are tried, tested, and reliable. Floating offshore facilities similar to the FSRU have been employed around the world for more than 25 years and have a proven record of accomplishment of safe operation, with some operating continuously in the most severe weather conditions.

Arun, Bontang, Donggi Senoro and Tangguh are major gas field that have gas wells already drilled and capped. Alternatively, FSRU would be suitable LNG terminal. In fact, several islands in Indonesia need of gas that can almost solely be provided by LNG.

Terminal Cost Comparison

Advantages of a FSRU:

• Lower port management & maintenance

• Replacement for mini LNG Terminal

• Environmentally friendly

• Easier to get approval from local authorities

• Replacing existing “high” emission solutions

• More economic than on-shore solution

• Shorter start-up & construction time

• Particular for conversion solutions

• Bridging solution for smaller volumes

• Flexible, can be relocated, can trade as a vessel

• Can be SRV (shuttle), stationary, moored offshore or dockside

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