The steel cutting ceremony took place at the Keppel Shipyard. This marked the physical start of the BW Tatiana FSRU conversion process for the LNG-to-power project in El Salvador.
BW Tatiana FSRU was built by Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and delivered in 2002, the G-class LNG carrier was owned by Shell and operated as Gallina for 17 years. The Moss Rosenberg-type vessel has an overall length of 290 m, beam of 46 m, with a capacity of 135,269 cu m.
The FSRU project will meet 30% of El Salvador’s energy demand, and reduce its environmental impact through the use of cleaner fuels for more sustainable power generation.
BW LNG signed a contract last year for the provision of an FSRU with US-based private energy company Invenergy that is developing El Salvador’s first LNG-to-power project. Inverengy is the main shareholder of Energia del Pacifico, the company behind the LNG-to-power project currently under construction at the Port of Acajutla, located on the Pacific coast of the Central American country.
Once the conversion is complete, BW Tatiana will be deployed to El Salvador, with Hague-based Shell supplying the LNG to the gas-to-power project under a long-term contract with Energia Del Pacifico.
Expectations are that the project will be operational by Q4 2021.
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