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Bangladesh's Top LNG states FSRU operations paused due to cyclone damage

Bangladesh's Summit LNG has stopped briefly operations at its drifting storage and regasification unit ( FSRU) in Moheshkhali after it was struck by a roaming pontoon during a cyclone on May 27, the company stated in a statement to on Friday.

There was damage to the ballast water tank of the FSRU, the declaration said, including a specialist property surveyor was on the way to board the FSRU to assess the damage.

Due to the delicate and explosive nature of handling melted gas (LNG) and nationwide value of FSRU in terms of gas supply to the national grid, Summit and the FSRU operator are taking full preventative measure in remedying the matter before resuming normal operations, it included.

Cyclone Remal brought windstorms and heavy rain to the coastlines of India and Bangladesh previously today, killing at least 16 individuals and cutting power to millions. It is the first of the frequent storms expected to pound the low-lying coasts of South Asia this year, as environment change drives up surface temperatures at sea.

Summit's FSRU is among Bangladesh's 2 floating LNG import terminals, with a regasification capacity of 500 million cubic feet per day that products gas to the national grid. It started commercial operations in April 2019.

Summit included its declaration that it was in close interactions with Bangladesh's state-owned Petrobangla and Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Ltd (RPGCL).

It did not state when operations of the FSRU would resume.

With a population of over 170 million people, Bangladesh relies on LNG to meet power demand. It has seen annual imports increase, and last year delivered in 5.2 million metric tons of the fuel, according to information from analytics firm Kpler.