New due date emerges for Kaliningrad FSRU

A floating storage and regasification unit for the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad will be ready one year later than originally planned after a technical incident occurred during construction.

The 174,100-cbm FSRU newbuilding Marshal Vasilevskiy, which is on order at Hyundai Heavy Industries, has been given a revised delivery date of October. But the client is also likely to have preferences on when it wants to accept the unit, market sources said.

Initial time frame

Gazprom Flot’s newbuilding was originally due to be handed over in November 2017 and be available for operation the following month.

Boiler incident set to delay delivery of Gazprom FSRU

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The Marshal Vasilevskiy suffered a blow-out on one of its regasification unit boilers during gas trials.

Gazprom opted to have a new boiler installed rather than repair the damaged one and the long lead time for ordering the new kit largely accounts for the delay.

While neither HHI or Gazprom Flot responded to questions about the incident, industry players have said the Russian company may not be in a hurry to take delivery of the FSRU. They say the final handover may depend on the market, along with the completion of associated infrastructure and other related projects.

The $295m, ice-class regas unit was contracted in May 2015 as a strategic resource for Kaliningrad, which sits between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic Sea coast, to guarantee the security of its gas supply if the enclave’s pipeline supplies were not available.

But the Arc4 ice-class newbuilding is also equipped with full trading capabilities and can be used to ship in cargoes from Gazprom Group’s planned 1.5-million-tonne-per-annum Portovaya LNG plant, near Vyborg on Russia's Baltic coast, or transship cargoes for regional distribution or bunkering purposes.