(MENAFN- Gulf Times)
QatarEnergy has embarked on the largest LNG shipbuilding programme as part of the North Field Expansion project, said HE the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, Saad bin Sherida al-Kaabi.
“We have awarded a series of key offshore and onshore EPC contracts that are crucial for its timely execution,” HE al-Kaabi said Sunday.
He said QatarEnergy will be working with its reliable business partners from China and Japan in the shipbuilding programme.
In April, QatarEnergy signed a series of time-charter parties (TCPs) with a subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) for the long-term charter and operation of four LNG ships, constituting the first batch of TCPs awarded under QatarEnergy's massive LNG shipping programme.
Concurrent with the signing of the TCPs, back-to-back LNG carrier shipbuilding contracts were signed between MOL and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group (Hudong), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), for the construction of four new LNG carriers to serve QatarEnergy's LNG growth projects and future fleet requirements.
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