Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has secured an order from Mitsui for the delivery of two next-generation LNG carriers to be used for the Cameron LNG project currently underway in the US.
Mitsubishi has received the order through MI LNG Company, a joint venture between MHI and Imabari Shipbuilding.
The 297.5m-long and 48.94m-wide vessels will have four apple-shaped tanks, an enhanced version of high-reliability Moss-type tanks designed with a bulging upper half and holding capacity of 177,000m³.
The vessels will be constructed at MHI’s Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works and delivery is expected to be in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Featuring an efficient hull structure and an innovative hybrid propulsion system, the vessels will have improvements in both LNG carrying capacity and fuel performance, MHI stated.
The hybrid propulsion system, steam turbine and gas engines (STaGE) combines a steam turbine and engines that can be fired by gas. Its components consist of the ultra steam turbine plant (UST), a highly efficient reheating steam type marine turbine.
The vessels will be capable of passing through the newly expanding Panama Canal, which is expected to go into service early in 2016.
The Cameron LNG project aimed to establish a new natural gas liquefaction facility to refine and liquefy shale gas and other natural gases produced in the US for export at a rate of up to 12 million tonnes per year.
The project is expected to start commercial production in 2018.