April 21, 2005

Baja floating LNG terminal gets environmental permit

Mexico's environmental agency SEMARNAT has reportedly granted a permit for a floating LNG Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) about five miles off the coast of Rosarito Beach, Baja California.

The $55 million project would be built about five miles off the coast of Rosarito Beach by Moss Maritime and Mexican partner Terminales y Almacenes Maritimos de Mexico (TAMMSA).

Other federal and local permits are needed before construction can begin for the terminal, which would start operating in 2008, said Lucy Oca–a, the project's public relations director.

The FSRU is a steel hull vessel with Moss Maritime spherical cryogenic tanks for receiving and storing LNG. The FSRU will have a single point mooring system. The regasification plant, single point mooring and connection to the pipeline will be located forward near or at the vessel's bow. The crew facilities, machinery, control and utility spaces are in the stern.

LNG will be transferred to the FSRU by a direct transfer system from an LNG carrier moored alongside the FSRU. The LNG will be regasified onboard and transported ashore at a pressure of 80 bars. A sub-sea pipeline will connect the FSRU to shore at the industrial zone of Playas de Rosarito.

Terminales y Almacenes Maritimos de Mexico is owned by Compania Energetica de Mexico S.A. de C.V., or CEMSA, and Moss Maritime of Norway. Moss is wholly owned by Saipem/ENI.

A similar Moss-designed FSRU is being installed in Livorno, Italy



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