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TEMA LNG Terminal Company (TLTC) has informed Bunkerspot that its new floating regasification unit (FRU) arrived in Ghana on Thursday (7 January) and will be ready to start delivering LNG in Q1 2021.

The TLTC operation, backed by Helios Investment Partners and Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), is the first offshore LNG receiving terminal in sub-Saharan Africa.

The terminal will combine the FRU twinned with an existing LNG carrier to receive, store and regasify LNG.

In a statement sent to Bunkerspot on Friday (8 January), TLTC said the system will provide ‘all the functionality of a large scale FRU-terminal, but with added flexibility’.

Edmund Agyeman-Duah, the project manager of TLTC, said: ‘The Tema LNG terminal aims to meet Ghana’s growing energy demand through an innovative yet cost-efficient, reliable supply. Once operational, this FRU will allow the Tema LNG facility to receive, regasify, store and deliver roughly 1.7 million tonnes of LNG a year – 30% of Ghana’s general capacity. Tema LNG’s year-round supply of gas will enable the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to supply reliable and cost-effective gas into the Tema power and industrial enclave, while strengthening West Africa’s energy security.’

Ogbemi Ofuya of Helios Investment Partners added: ‘The Tema LNG terminal project supports Ghana’s ambitions to continue on its trajectory as one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, by delivering the energy infrastructure to support accelerated industrialisation.

‘As evidenced in similar fast growing economies in Asia and Latin America, the introduction of LNG into the energy mix serves as a catalyst for industrial and economic growth. The year-round, guaranteed supply of LNG and piped gas through the Tema LNG terminal facilitates forward planning and investments in receiving infrastructure by power plants, mines and industries across the West Africa region who are currently reliant on more expensive liquid fuels.

‘The switch to gas also delivers a significant environmental benefit and supports the transition to cleaner burning fuels in the region by reducing CO2 emissions and eliminating sulphur emissions, in line with the Paris Climate Accord objectives.’

The purpose-built FRU, which was built by Jiangnan Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, left the Jiangnan shipyard at the end of November.

The FRU will be located within the Tema Port and LNG will be supplied under a long-term contract with Shell. The onshore reception facilities will receive the gas from the FRU via subsea pipelines, before delivering natural gas to the GNPC and its customers.

TLTC awarded Spanish firm Reganosa Servicios SL the contract for the operation and maintenance of the FRU, FSU and the associated 6 kilometre (km) gas pipeline linking the terminal to the existing pipeline network.​

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