Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has teamed up with a local partner in Indonesia, PT Pelindo Energi Logistik (PEL) to launch the joint operation of the LNG carrier Triputra, which has just conducted the project’s first discharging operation at the Port of Benoa on Bali Island.
This is the second coastal shuttle transport project following one serving for West Java, for which MOL secured an order in 2011. In that project, a vessel shuttle-transports LNG to the Port of Benoa, and discharges it to a floating storage unit (FSU) moored there.
PEL, the charterer, is working to establish a gas value chain with the new method—transferring LNG discharged to FSU to the floating regasification unit (FRU) moored at the pier. This facility regasifies the LNG and pipes the gas to a power plant on Bali.
“This is a groundbreaking project that pioneers a new mode of transport for natural gas,” MOL said in a release today.