1st Floating LNG Terminal in France, The FSRU Cape Ann Becomes Operational

The French city of Le Havre has seen the launch of the first-ever floating terminal for receiving LNG, titled FSRU Cape Ann. The declaration came from TotalEnergies, the firm in charge of the facility.

The terminal has injected its megawatt-hours of gas within the network by using liquefied natural gas from Norway, the press release of the firm stated.

Floating LNG Terminal
Representation Image

TotalEnergies has reportedly secured a deal for utilizing half of the terminal’s yearly capacity in Le Havre.

The rest of the capacity for sale will be made available in compliance with the regulatory guidelines.

This terminal earmarks the fifth facility dedicated to tackling LNG in France. However, it distinguishes itself by being a floating terminal. On the other hand, the remaining four are terrestrial installations in Montoir-de-Bretagne and Fos-sur-Mer, along the coasts of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, respectively, and Dunkirk, close to the North Sea. The cumulative capacity of the four terminals is nearly 26.8 million tons a year.

Some of the specifications of the floating FSRU dubbed the Cape Ann terminal are here:

Maximum capacity is 5 billion cubic meters annually, which equals 10% of France’s natural gas consumption.

The gas storage capacity is approximately 142,500 cubic meters.

The dimensions are as follows: The length is 283 meters, while the width is about 43.4 meters.

The Deadweight is about 112,457 tons.

The year of construction is 2010.

The country flies the flag of France.

On 24 October, it was declared that Qatar would supply gas to Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and France, filling the gap left by the cessation of Russia’s energy supplies.

The Italian major Eni signed a long-term gas supply deal with Qatar on 23 October. Preliminary deals were reached with the Netherlands, France, and Germany, each of the countries is expected to receive about 3.5 million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Middle Eastern nation by 2050.

This development ensures that the ongoing energy crisis in Europe, which happened owing to the evolving conflict in Ukraine and the unforeseen reduction in Russia’s gas deliveries last year, is no longer a threat. European nations are collectively going to receive LNG of about 27 million tons in the 2030s, equivalent to the gas of three billion cubic meters or a quarter of the earlier Russian gas volumes. Besides Qatar, the EU is receiving gas from the US.

References: Journal Of Petroleum Technology, The Gaze

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