Lower capital costs, shorter on-stream time, lower coastal environment impact and flexibility - these are some reasons that led to the development of the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU). Typically these units are similar to large barges that are semi-permanently moored offshore from their regasified LNG delivery sites and are fed by standard LNG carriers.
A special subset of the FSRU concept is the LNG carrier, which is fitted with full regasification capability. These ships transport LNG from the liquefaction plant to the customer and then regasify the LNG offshore.
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