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Excelerate and Equinor carry out first LNG STS transfer in the Bahamas

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Excelerate Energy L.P. has announced that it has carried out the first ever ship-to-ship (STS) LNG bunkering operation in the Bahamas.

The operation was carried out between Excelerate’s floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Exemplar, and Equinor’s LNG carrier Arctic Voyager. A full LNG cargo was transferred using the double-banked LNG transfer system while moored at Equinor’s South Riding Point storage and transhipment terminal, which is strategically located for storage and transhipment of crude, products and LNG.

Excelerate's Chief Commercial Officer Daniel Bustos, said: “Excelerate conducted the industry's first commercial STS transfer of LNG in 2007, and since then, STS transfers have been completed and proven safe in a wide range of environments, now including The Bahamas.

“This new STS location allows us to provide additional commercial flexibility to our customers and respond to prompt market needs in a safe and reliable manner.”

According to the statement, Excelerate recently completed its 1500th commercial STS transfer on 3 February 2019 at the Engro Elengy Terminal in Port Qasim, Pakistan. To date, Excelerate has successfully transferred more than 170 900 000 m3 of LNG using its STS protocol. Of these 1500 operations, more than 1300 have been with third-party vessels.

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