FSRU Bauhinia Spirit berths in preparation for launch of Hong Kong’s first offshore LNG terminal project


FSRU Bauhinia Spirit berths in preparation for launch of Hong Kong’s first offshore LNG terminal project

Jun. 9 2023

Hong Kong utility firms CLP Power and HK Electric announced recently that the much anticipated floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) vessel has berthed at the new offshore LNG terminal in Hong Kong waters, following the completion of checks and clearance procedures. Final preparations are being made for the terminal to go into operation in mid-2023 as an initiative by the two companies to help increase low-carbon power generation.

CLP Power managing director T K Chiang said. “CLP Power has adopted a fuel diversity strategy since the early 1990s for supply reliability, competitive cost and environmental benefits. To complement the HKSAR Government’s energy policy, we have substantially increased the proportion of natural gas in our fuel mix to around 50% since 2020."

Natural gas is a transition fuel that supports Hong Kong’s journey towards its 2050 carbon neutrality target by lowering the carbon intensity of power generation.

The offshore Jetty terminal in the southwestern waters of Hong Kong is the first of its kind in the city. It has been developed and constructed jointly by CLP Power and HK Electric and will be operated by the Hong Kong LNG Terminal Limited (HKLTL), a joint venture between the two companies. Construction started in late 2020 and the marine jetty and subsea gas pipelines of the terminal have been completed. 

The FSRU vessel, named Bauhinia Spirit and classed by Bureau Veritas (BV), is the world’s largest with an overall length of 345m and an LNG storage capacity of 263,000m3. HKLTL has signed a long-term time charter agreement with Japan’s MOL. The vessel will be moored at the jetty of the LNG terminal and be used to receive, store and regasify LNG before it is supplied to CLP Power’s Black Point Power Station and HK Electric’s Lamma Power Station through two separate subsea gas pipelines.

Credit @ Hong Kong Maritime Hub

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Effective from 1st of May 2023, Derek CHANG was appointed as General Manager of BV Marine & Offshore Hong Kong & Taiwan. After graduating from National Taiwan University with Major in Naval Architecture in 2001, Derek CHANG served in the Navy for 20 months. He joined in TS Lines in shipping sales in 2003 and COSCO Taiwan in 2006. Before joining BV, he worked in CR Classification Society,where he served as Assistant Surveyor, Manager of Business Section in the Planning Dept, Deputy Director of the Planning Dept. and later in 2019, was appointed as Director of Business Sales & Planning Dept. Derek CHANG joined in BV in August 2021 as General Manager of M&O Taiwan with wide spectrum of classification society knowledge from 20 years extensive working experience in the shipping industry.