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Croatia to receive its first LNG cargo

Croatia to receive its first LNG cargo

Croatia's first LNG Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) Croatia is scheduled to soon receive its first cargo.

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The vessel carrying the cargo to Croatia is the 2008-built Tristar Ruby LNG carrier. The cargo at Dominion's Cove Point LNG facility near Maryland, United States, was loaded by a tanker capable of transporting 155,000 cubic meters of LNG.

Tristar Ruby is currently navigating in the North Atlantic, according to AIS data provided by VesselsValue. The data indicates that the vessel is expected to arrive at the terminal on January 1.

The LNG shipper Golar told the client, LNG Hrvatska, that FSRU LNG Croatia had been approved.

The shipper also noted the completion of the sale of the vessel formerly known as the Golar Viking.

Between the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, the sale will disburse approximately $47 million of free cash to Golar after repayment of the vessel debt facility and settlement of the remaining conversion and commissioning costs.

Golar will now run and manage Croatia's LNG under contract with LNG Hrvatska for a period of at least 10 years.

LNG Hrvatska has launched testing procedures for all of the vessel's technical systems and the terminal's onshore section.

In its announcement, the company claimed that the systems of the FSRU vessel are being tested in all operating modes, sometimes including night-hour testing.

In order to check the complete functionality of the device, the systems which operate only in crises are currently being checked, those systems which do not operate in the regular service of the terminal and which may be the source of a certain level of noise.

Furthermore, during the test period, LNG Hrvatska is actively working to reduce the noise level from the terminal to a minimum, especially during the night hours, all in order to allow quality coexistence with the local community.

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