Stolt-Nielsen Limited subsidiary Stolt-Nielsen Gas B.V. (SNG) has contracted with Keppel Singmarine for the construction of two 7,500 cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, with options to purchase three additional similar ships.
The ships are to be built at Keppel Singmarine's shipyard in Nantong, China, with deliveries scheduled in the second and third quarter of 2019 respectively. The contract for the initial two ships is valued at approximately $80 million, including site-team costs and capitalized interest during construction.
The ships will be capable of operating on either diesel fuel or LNG, with a class notation and technical capability for STS (ship-to-ship) bunkering, thus significantly enhancing their versatility.
Stolt-Nielsen Gas has established a wholly owned subsidiary Avenir LNG Limited to focus mainly on the development of small-scale LNG supply chains serving "stranded demand," where off-the-grid customers lack access to natural gas. SNG's current projects include plans to build and operate an LNG terminal and distribution facility in the port of Oristano, Sardinia, and a venture to provide LNG to areas of Scotland not served by the existing natural-gas grid. The newbuildings would be deployed, at least in part, in the supply chains serving these projects.