Contractor AG&P has completed the conversion of the world’s first modular liquefied natural gas floating storage and regasification unit (M-FSRU) for Karmol.

The M-FSRU, equipped with AG&P subsidiary Gas Entec’s modular RegasTainer technology, delivers gas to Karpowership’s 236-megawatt floating power barge in Port Dakar in Senegal.

Gas Entec completed conversion of a 125,000-cubic metre liquefied natural gas carrier for Karmol — the joint venture between Turkey’s Karpowership and Mitsui OSK Lines of Japan — into an 84 million cubic feet per day of gas M-FSRU.

The vessel design has the capacity to be scaled from 15 MMcfd to 300 MMcfd of gas.

Gas Entec was responsible for the engineering, project management, longevity improvements, drydocking, equipment installation, ship improvements and testing as well as all commissioning works of the M-FSRU.

AG&P noted that Gas Entec’s proprietary, patented RegasTainertechnology offers flexibility to scale the capacity of the FSRU up and down from 15 to 300 MMcfd of gas with minimised downtime, allowing the vessel to be repurposed as power requirements grow in a market.

This means Karmol can offer “a commercially compelling solution” to its clients without overburdening with excess capacity during the early years of a deployment, said AG&P.

The contractor added that specialised technology and design significantly reduces the burden on various pumps, reducing operating costs considerably; while tanks, pumps and the RegasTainer are especially designed for easy maintenance, making high availability requirements feasible and appropriate.

This M-FSRU is the world’s first modular floating LNG regasification terminal, delivering volumes to Karpowership’s floating power plant, the Karadeniz Powership Aysegul Sultan in Port Dakar.

This integrated, floating complex will serve critical shore-based grids in Senegal.

The existing floating power plant previously used heavy fuel oil to meet approximately 15% of the West African nation’s power demand.

The conversion to natural gas represents a remarkable achievement for Senegal’s ambition to be a leader in the transition to clean energy, claimed AG&P.

“This is a big moment for Karmol and for Africa. With the successful completion of the M-FSRU, Senegal will be the first country in West Africa to transition to clean gas energy, replacing high emission fuels with LNG,” said Karmol board member Gokhan Kocak.

“We are grateful to GAS Entec in making our vision a reality. We will reliably deliver regasified LNG to Karpowership’s floating power barge and proudly pass along this clean energy in a commercially compelling way to the amazing, high-growth country of Senegal.”