Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has announced that, through a subsidiary, it signed a long-term charter contract for four new building LNG carriers with QatarEnergy (State energy company of Qatar, formerly known as Qatar Petroleum). The vessels will be built at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. in China, and are slated for delivery from 2024 through 2025.
MOL’s solid track record in building LNG carriers in China in addition to its performance in the LNG carrier business and safety in navigation and cargo handling earned high regard from QatarEnergy, leading to the successful conclusion of the contract. Since the Qatargas1 Project launched in mid-1990, MOL and QatarEnergy have strengthened their relationship and increased the LNG fleet chartered from MOL affiliates to QatarEnergy subsidiaries, which will be further expanded by 4 LNG Carriers by this contract.
QatarEnergy has been developing the North Field Expansion Project to expand its gas production to 126 million tons per annum by 2027. MOL, through its participation in LNG projects in Qatar, will ensure a stable global LNG supply and enhance the maritime transport of the next-generation, environment-friendly energy resources.