Infographic describing the operating principle of an FSRU and the components that make up floating regasification terminals
A FSRU (Floating Storage Regasification Unit) is a device that consists of :
a gas metering system, installed on board the FSRU or on land;
a gas transfer pipeline;
a HP gas export manifold which allows the transfer of gas at high pressure via an unloading arm or flexible hose;
regasification trains, necessary for heating and pressurizing the LNG to bring it back to a gaseous state. Its temperature is raised from approximately -160°C at atmospheric gas pressure to +10°C at high pressure (100 bars).
Alongside the FSRU is a LNG carrier transporting the LNG at -160°C, which is transferred to the FSRU for storage of the LNG via cryogenic hoses.
October 2017: TotalEnergies enters the project, alongside Shell and Equinor (Statoil at the time).
May 2020: TotalEnergies, Equinor and Shell decide to invest in the Northern Lights project.
December 2020: The Norwegian Government announces its funding decision for the Northern Lights CO2 transport and storage project.
March 2021: The CO2 transport and storage company Northern Lights JV DA is launched with TotalEnergies, Equinor and Shell as equal partners in the JV.
October 2021: Northern Lights JV awards contracts for building of two dedicated CO2 carriers to Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd..
August 2022: TotalEnergies announces the signature of a commercial agreement between Northern Lights and Yara to transport and store CO2 captured from Yara Sluiskil, an ammonia and fertilizer plant in the Netherlands.
November 2022: End of well drilling operations and official steel cutting ceremony
December 2022: Northern Lights received the first 7 of 12 onshore tanks for intermediate CO2 storage.