Green light for FRU conversion plans

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Dreifa Energy's plan to convert a platform supply vessel into a floating regasification unit (FRU) for liquefied natural gas (LNG) is progressing well.

Granted approval in principle by classification society DNV GL, the Norwegian firm's concept took another step forward following last month's agreement with Wärtsilä Oil and Gas Systems to secure delivery of the regasification module.

The FRU operates in combination with an LNG carrier acting as a floating storage unit (FSU).

Dreifa bought the 1983-built platform supply vessel (PSV) Blue Betria in June for conversion to FRU.

Once complete, it would have a storage capacity of 130,000 to 145,000 cubic metres and steam turbine propulsion.

It would be available for charter on short-term contracts.

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