The works for the emblematic work of ETYFA, which will supply clean natural gas to the Vasilikos Power Plant, continue at a steady pace, despite the terrible difficulties caused by the Covid 19 pandemic worldwide.
Work on the ship “ETYFA PROMETHEUS” located at the COSCO shipyard in Shanghai, which is the starting point of the largest energy project ever carried out in Cyprus, is in full swing. More specifically, at this time, two vital components, the regasification unit (Regas) and the power module (Power Module), are installed on the ship, converting it from a simple Liquefied Gas Carrier (LNGC) to a Floating Storage and Reconstruction Unit. (FSRU).
The regasification unit (Regas) is responsible for the conversion of Liquefied Natural Gas into a gaseous phase (Natgas). Subsequently, as Natural Gas, it will supply the Vasilikos Power Plant for the production of electricity for the Republic of Cyprus. The regasification unit is installed on the bow of the ship.
The power module is also installed at the same time. In order to further reduce the carbon footprint, ie the total gas emissions of the Republic of Cyprus, the contractor, China Petroleum Pipeline Company (CPP), has chosen to install a dual fuel unit so that it not only drives the regasification unit, but to be able at the same time to supply the ship with the electricity required by all its other functions. The power unit will operate exclusively with Liquefied Natural Gas, from the cargo of the ship, however at the same time it will have the possibility of switching to diesel, in case of emergency. The power unit is installed at the stern of the ship.
Once these vital components are installed, the vessel is effectively converted into a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU), while fully maintaining its functions as a merchant ship;
Liquefied Natural Carrier (LNGC). This is the reason why the work on the boat ETYFA PROMETHEUS is considered of major importance.
China Petroleum Pipeline, an experienced contractor and acting consistently, has secured the amount of steel required to build the two units, despite huge supply problems and record prices set by the pandemic. This has helped to minimize potential delays that most contractors face due to the pandemic. Representatives of ETYFA attended the steel cutting ceremony for the regasification unit on October 28, 2021 with construction work starting immediately after at the giant Yard COSCO in China. Respectively, the cutting of the steel for the power unit took place on December 9, with the immediate start of its construction works. The construction works for the two units continued smoothly throughout the holiday season.
The CPP has drawn up a detailed plan – for the management of travel restrictions, lockdowns and other pandemic disturbances – which has so far been successfully implemented without
working days need to be sacrificed. An achievement quite important, under the current conditions of the pandemic.
The construction of the bases for the two units has already been completed at 52%. CPP and COSCO Shanghai Shipyard focus on combining quality, safety and timetable compliance.
Representatives of ETYFA, under the umbrella of Hill International in Shanghai, monitor the progress and quality of construction work.
The CPP reaffirmed its full commitment and dedication to the delivery of a world-class facility in the Republic of Cyprus and once again thanked the Cypriot people for their continued support in this endeavor.