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LNG carrier arrives in Port Moresby for first PNG LNG cargo

LNG Industry,

The Papua LNG carrier, the first custom-built ship for the Papua New Guinea LNG project, arrived at the PNG LNG marine facilities on 22 February to begin cool down and loading of its first LNG cargo.

Recently christened as the Papua by Lynda Babao O’Neill, the 172 000 m3, 290 m long LNG carrier has entered service on a long-term charter with the project, providing LNG transportation to major customers in Asia. The Papua is the largest LNG carrier ever to be built in China.

Custom-built ship

“We are already off to an exciting start to 2015 with our first custom-built ship preparing to load its first cargo, which will be shipped to Sinopec. The arrival of this ship supports our objective to safely and reliably deliver LNG to our customers,” said Andrew Barry, ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director.

The Papua is owned by Aquarius LNG Shipping Ltd, a joint venture between Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL), China Shipping Group, and Sinopec. MOL will operate the ship on behalf of the PNG LNG venture and deliver cargoes under the direction of ExxonMobil PNG Ltd, the operator of the project.

Made in China

In 2011, Exxon Mobil Corp. and MOL selected Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding to build two LNG carriers in China for the PNG LNG project. The Papua is the first of the ships to be built, with the other scheduled for completion in 2016.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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