Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding reports it has signed a contract with China State Shipbuilding (Hong Kong) Shipping Leasing Co to build a 174,000-m3, X-DF propulsion LNG carrier
Signed in early July, the contract calls for the construction of conventionally sized LNG carrier with an overall length of 295 m, beam of 45 m, a depth of 26.25 m, and speed of 19.5 knots.
To provide flexibility for long- and short-haul trading routes, the LNG carrier will be equipped with a 1.5 tonne/hour reliquefaction system, which can achieve a wide range of speed evaporative gas balance under different operating modes, said the shipbuilder.
Expectations are that the optimised WinGD X-DF dual-fuel propulsion system will result in reducing CO2 emissions by six tonnes per day.
This most recent order follows one placed in mid-June by China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) for the construction of three 174,000-m3 LNG carriers with Hudong-Zhonghua.
To date, Hudong-Zhonghua has delivered 25 LNG carriers and marked a milestone with recent gas trials for Transgas Power, the first newbuild floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to be constructed in China. Being built for Greek owner Dynagas, Transgas Power and sister vessel Transgas Force are fitted with regasification equipment supplied by Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.
Each FSRU has three regasification modules weighing 450, 80 and 240 tonnes respectively. Additionally, Wärtsilä supplied ancillary regasification equipment, including pumps, heat exchangers, valves and instrumentation.
The regasification plant uses seawater and steam as energy sources, and a water-glycol mix as the energy carrier in a combined loop. The plant consists of three trains, each with a capacity of 250 million standard cubic feet per day or about 500 m3/hour, and a common suction drum.
With the ability to operate as a conventional LNG carrier, each of the FSRUs is fitted with a GTT NO96 GW membrane containment system.