SHI wins order for three LNG carriers worth $620 million
The Eco-friendly LNG carriers purchased under the contract, which feature Dual Fuel engines, offer higher transport efficiency and lower gas emissions than previous LNG carriers. They are excellent in terms of both performance and efficiency.
The 174,000m2 LNG carriers, which are due for delivery in 2018, will be put into the Asia-bound route to transfer US shale gas.
Currently, US shale gas projects such as Sabine Pass, Cameron, Freeport, Cove Point projects have won export approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). It is expected that about 90 carriers will be needed for the transport of LNG. Of these 90, 60 still need to be ordered, which means that there will be more orders of LNG carriers in the immediate term.
In addition to the four projects approved for export, 14 more shale gas projects are awaiting the FERC's approval. LNG development is taking place in many countries, including Australia, Mozambique, and Tanzania.
A spokesperson for Samsung Heavy Industries stated: "It is expected that more than 30 LNG carriers will be ordered annually, as LNG exports are expanding to the US, Australia, and East Africa. As we have the No. 1 market share in the LNG carrier market, we will benefit from these orders."
Including this most recent one, Samsung Heavy Industries has recorded 6.5 billion USD in orders so far this year. ■