Gulf of Saros FSRU

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Gulf of Saros FSRU is a proposed floating LNG import terminal in the Gulf of Saros off the coast of Turkey.[1]


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Project Details

  • Parent: Botas (100%)[1]
  • Location: Gulf of Saros, Turkey
  • Coordinates: 40.594649, 26.412034(approximate)
  • Capacity: 5.4 mtpa[1]
  • Status: Construction[2]
  • Type: Import
  • Start Year: 2022[3]


In December 2019 it was announced that Turkey's state gas importer Botas was buying a new floating LNG import vessel, currently under construction. The new vessel will be used to supply gas to two onshore terminals -- the existing terminal at Dortyol, MOL FSRU Challenger, on Turkey's East Mediterranean coast and a new terminal being constructed at the Gulf of Saros in northwest Turkey. S&P Global Platts reported that "the Dortyol terminal had not been used as much as had been anticipated and that the lease on the existing vessel moored there would not be renewed. Instead Botas is buying its own vessel, construction of which is expected to be completed in 2020. The new vessel will be used to supply gas at Dortyol, but more frequently at the new Saros terminal, as most of Turkey's gas demand is in the northwest of the country. Botas is currently constructing a jetty and terminal at the Saros location."[2]

S&P Global went on to report that "According to the 2020 economic program of the Turkish presidency, Botas will next year open a tender for the construction of a link line between the new Saros terminal and Botas' existing transit grid, specifically the Turkey-Greece-Italy Interconnector Gas Pipeline (ITGI), which runs close by. That line is also connected to the newly completed Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline at an interconnection point at Kesan, which could potentially in future allow for the import of LNG at Saros and its transit into the TANAP-TAP corridor for export to the Balkans and Italy."[2]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The LNG Industry: Annual Report 2020, page 38, International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers, accessed April 29, 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Turkey buying new FSRU LNG import vessel: Botas, S&P Global Platts, December 19, 2020
  3. New Transit Pipeline To Be Built in Turkey, Pipeline Technology Journal, July 16, 2020

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