China Shipping Development Co. to order six liquefied natural gas (LNG) to tap the nation’s rising demand for cleaner fuel.
The addition of the tankers comes as the world’s largest energy consumer plans to more than double natural gas consumption to cut its dependence on coal and oil. The six-tankship purchase will be made by a venture owned by China Petrochemical Corp., also known as Sinopec Group, China Shipping and Mitsui O.S.K Lines Ltd. (9104) and each ship will have a capacity to carry 174,000 cubic meters of natural gas. reports Bloomberg.
Bloomberg was informed by Chief Financial Officer Wang Kangtian that the vessels will cost about $205 million each and the shipping company has arranged syndicated loans to finance the deal.