EXXONMOBIL, operator of the PNG Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project, and Mitsui & Co Ltd have signed a contract with China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) signed to build four LNG ships to ship China’s import of gas from Papua New Guinea and Australia, The National reports.
The contract was signed last Saturday without revealing the contract value. It is said to be
The Texas-based company said in an email that was later reported in Bloomberg online news that Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co, Ltd, a subsidiary of CSSC, will build the ships for Mitsui, a Japanese shipping giant.
ExxonMobil said the ships are scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2016.
“ExxonMobil was quoted saying: “The fleet will be used for shipping
In 2009, ExxonMobil contracted with
A liquefied natural gas carrier is a tanker ship designed for transporting liquefied gas at a temperature of minus 163 degrees Celsius, and marks an important part in the LNG supply chain.
Only a handful of nations, such as the
Its first ship was delivered in April 2008. It has completed five vessels, with one still under-construction.
The company did not disclose the price of the vessels.
Tan Yajun, general manager of CSSC said the company would strive to deliver the ship with high quality craftsmanship and on schedule.