Qatar Gas Transport Company
(Nakilat) has appointed Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited to manage its fleet of 27 new liquefied natural gas carriers
in a 25-year deal, according to a report on www.gulfnews.com.
Under the arrangement it is expected that operational management will be transferred to Nakilat within 12 years, the report said.
Shell will provide a range of shipping services to Nakilat including ship management as well as the transfer of know-how and expertise to allow Nakilat to develop its own LNG ship management company in Qatar.
This new fleet
of LNG vessels
, currently under construction, will be put into service over the next four years to transport gas from four of Qatar's major LNG projects
: Qatargas II Qatargas 3 and, subject to the agreement of the partners, RasGas III and Qatargas 4.
These vessels will have capacities of approximately 215,000 cubic metres and 265,000 cubic metres.