On Friday 23 December, ENGIE and the Turkish construction companies Kolin and Kalyon have inaugurated the ETKI LNG terminal, in the presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Mr. Binali Yildirim and Minister of Energy Mr. Berat Albayrak. The facility, located close to Çakmakli, Izmir, is the country’s first floating liquefied natural gas import terminal.
ENGIE has been selected by project developers Kolin and Kalyon to deliver this fast-track Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) based solution. The Group committed the Neptune, one of the two FSRU of its fleet, to the project.
The 145,000 m3 capacity vessel will act as an LNG receiving and storage facility and will deliver natural gas in gaseous form. The overall infrastructure developed by Kolin and Kalyon includes a jetty and an onshore gas pipeline to connect the terminal to the national gas transport grid, operated by BOTAS. From final investment decision to completion, record breaking terminal project development took only 6.5 months.
The Neptune vessel arrived at ETKI LNG terminal berth on December 11th fully loaded with LNG and proceeded immediately with commissioning operations.
The rationale of the FRSU-based solution chosen by Kolin and Kalyon lays in its flexibility, cost-effectiveness and speed of implementation. With a capacity of up to 20 million m3 per day of gas send-out, the new ETKI LNG Terminal will be a key contributor to Turkey’s natural gas security of supply, especially in the winter period. It will complement Turkey’s two existing onshore LNG terminals, thus enhancing the country’s diversification of gas import structures as well as supply sources.