With 110 million cubic meters of storage and 28 million cubic meters of gasification capacity, Turkey’s first floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and gasification vessel (FSRU) will add significant flexibility to the security of the chain. of Turkey’s energy supply, according to Energy and Natural. Minister of Resources Fatih Dönmez.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Ertuğrul Gazi in the southern province of Hatay on June 25, Dönmez said the vessel has the highest gasification capacity among existing FSRUs in the world.
With rapid integration into the network system and its ability to mobilize quickly, the vessel can be quickly dispatched to regions where it is needed to operate resource points in high consumption areas, Dönmez noted.
It will undertake its first ship-to-ship LNG transfer on June 29, he confirmed.
The ship will help ensure that Turkey’s record for uninterrupted power supply continues. It will be able to cover 8.2% of the daily natural gas capacity supplied to the network.
Turkey’s first FSRU was launched in the Aegean province of Izmir’s Aliağa district in December 2016, at a time when the country needed additional gas capacity to cope with increased consumption due to climatic conditions. very cold.
Ertuğrul Gazi’s FSRU is owned by Bota, Turkey’s state-owned crude oil and natural gas pipeline company.
It will connect to the Hatay facilities and meet the annual energy demand of households in Hatay and Osmaniye provinces.
Turkey imports about 45 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year, paying about $ 12 billion to pipeline exporters Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran, as well as to LNG suppliers, including Qatar, Nigeria, Algeria and United States.
Almost a third of the country’s gas needs are covered by LNG supplies.
New discoveries in the Black Sea are expected to provide up to 30% of the gas that Turkey’s $ 730 billion economy needs when the production plateau is reached, which is slated for 2025.
The discoveries are also expected to allow Turkey to import cheaper gas and reduce the average annual energy bill by around $ 44 billion.