TotalEnergies has commissioned Hoegh LNG AS’s 400-MMcfd Cape Ann floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in Port of Le Havre, northern France.
The terminal injected its first MWh of gas into the grid operated by GRTgaz with LNG from Norway, the company said late October.
TotalEnergies has contracted 50% of the terminal’s annual capacity of around 5 billion cu m (about 10% of French consumption), to supply it with LNG from its global portfolio. Remaining capacity will be marketed according to rules approved by the regulator.
The regasification capacity comes online as part of a planned strategy by the European Union and the UK to expand LNG import capacity since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and the reduction in natural gas pipeline imports from Russia that followed (OGJ Online, Nov. 29, 2022).