Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, has chosen TMC Compressors (TMC), a company based in Oslo, Norway, for the delivery of a marine compressed air system for seven liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.

The seven LNG carriers are being built by the shipbuilder for Japanese shipping firm Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).

Following completion, QatarEnergy will charter all seven vessels.

TMC will manufacture the marine compressors in the Nordic region and subsequently ship them to the shipbuilder in China.

The company manufactures marine compressors exclusively for marine and offshore use.

According to the terms of the contract, TMC will be responsible for the supply of four control and service air compressors as well as air driers for each of the seven vessels.

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The system involves an oil-lubricated marine screw and energy efficient single-stage compressor.

It is designed to enable constant operation, even in high ambient temperatures.

TMC director of sales and business development Hans Petter Tanum said: “MOL Group is implementing comprehensive, ongoing efforts to achieve sustainable net zero greenhouse gas emission and contribute to the realisation of a low and decarbonised society. Our compressors are designed to be energy efficient and to allow the vessel crew to conduct maintenance without the support from an external technician. As such, we believe TMC’s compressors are a good fit for MOL’s emission targets.”

The compressors will be deployed on board 174,000m³ LNG vessels, each of which will be 299m long and 46.4m wide.

TMC CEO Christian Ness said: “Last year, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding awarded us a similar contract for six newbuild LNG carriers for MOL, destined for charter with CNOOC Gas & Power. To win another large award, this time for seven vessels, is a testament to Hudong and TMC’s joint focus on serial production to keep costs and project execution risk to a minimum.”

Earlier this week, MOL announced that Japan’s first LNG-fuelled ferry had entered into service.