Golar LNG revealed recently that the successful start-up of its first Floating Storage and Regasification Vessel (FSRU), the Golar Spirit, took place at the close of January.

The Golar Spirit is the world's first FSRU conversion project which was awarded to Golar by Petrobras in April 2007. The FSRU gives Petrobras the ability to receive LNG from standard LNG Carriers and provide natural gas ashore for domestic consumption.

The successfully completed commissioning and performance test runs form part of the delivery protocol for the vessel. The vessel will apparently now be placed in FSRU service and continue to operate at the direction of Petrobras.

The commissioning tests performed involved running each of the three regasification trains in turn, at different regasification capacities for an agreed period of time. Following the initial performance tests, DNV issued a Statement of Approval of the Regasification Plant and Interim Class Certificate confirming the REGAS-2 Class notation.