ElectroGas confirms tanker’s arrival for today, expected to enter port tomorrow
A number of tests are to be performed for familiarisation as well as safety drills
ElectroGas Malta, the operators of the new Delimara power station, confirmed yesterday that the Armada LNG Mediterrana vessel – the source of so much controversy, will arrive in Maltese waters today.
According to estimates on ship tracking websites, the tanker will arrive in Maltese waters at around 6pm today.
On arrival, the tanker will be berthed at an offshore location at Hurd’s Bank and will most likely be bunkering there overnight.
Electrogas explained yesterday, “The vessel will then notify the Port Authorities about a suitable window to proceed to the pilot station on Monday and then enter the bay for sea trials after which it will then leave port again.
“A number of tests are to be performed for familiarisation as well as safety drills while the FSU is still empty and inert as the vessel is not currently laden with its cargo. The tests and simulations will continue in the subsequent days.”
These procedures, ElectroGas said, are being coordinated between ElectroGas, BumiArmada and the Port Authorities.
ElectroGas added yesterday, “The Floating Storage Unit (FSU) vessel is an integral part of the ElectroGas power project designed to deliver cleaner and safer energy to Malta and is the result of a comprehensive conversion undertaken by Bumi Armada at Keppel Shipyards in Singapore that involved an impressive 1.5 million working hours. The vessel has a capacity of around 125,000 cubic metres of LNG.
“The Armada LNG Mediterrana underwent rigorous safety testing and trials before departing for Malta from its original berth in Singapore with armed guards accompanying the vessel throughout its journey, the standard protocol for most ocean going vessels as a mitigation measure against piracy in specific vulnerable areas.”
The Armada LNG Mediterrana travelled through the Suez Canal following a customary waiting time and is now making its way to Malta’s shores.
ElectroGas said that the jetty onsite at Delimara “is ready to receive the FSU to berth alongside safely having also been through rigorous safety and security testing over the past months”.