Construction of China National Offshore Oil Corporation Co., Ltd. (CNOOC)’s two liquefied natural gas (LNG) multipurpose refuelling vessels have started after receiving approval from an Investment Committee in April.
The decision came after the committee reviewed a feasibility study covering the operation of a 12,000 cubic metre (m3) and 6000 m3 LNG carrier for LNG filling activities, including bunkering, for the domestic and international markets.
“After review, the Investment Committee considered that the two types of LNG filling ship projects are in line with the national requirements for clean energy policies, and are the key equipment for carrying out water refuelling of LNG ships, in line with the development strategy requirements of CNOOC LNG filling industry,” it stated.
“The construction of the two-type LNG filling vessel is conducive to the development of the LNG ship filling market, and the project is economically and technically feasible.
“The investment committee requested to speed up the design and construction of the two types of LNG filling vessels to ensure the completion of the work of the two types of LNG filling vessels at the end of 2021.”
According to CNOOC, both C-type cargo tank equipped vessels will be used for refuelling large-scale LNG-powered ships in China and abroad.
At the same time, the flexible vessels will be used to replenish the LNG supply of inland river LNG receiving transfer stations and LNG ship filling stations.
“LNG is an important measure to help the country build green shipping,” it states while adding the two multipurpose LNG carriers are expected to become an important part of CNOOC's construction of its LNG ship refuelling network.
Photo credit: CNOOC
Published: 17 May, 2019
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