Beijing - China is building the world’s largest liquefied natural gas carrier with a capacity of 270,000 cubic metres to cope with the rising demand for the clean fuel in the nation, said a top shipbuilder.
Shanghai-based Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group), a shipbuilding unit of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, has joined hands with the Norway-based internationally accredited registrar and classification society DNV-GL for construction of the carrier, company officials said during the 19th International Conference and Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas in Shanghai. Under the agreement, research and development work on the new vessel is set to be completed by the end of 2020. The two sides decided to go in for a supersized LNG carrier to account for the increasing clean fuel demand in the nation.
Other reasons for using large-sized carriers, was the limited number of LNG terminals in China’s coastal cities, long-haul voyages and the need to transport fuel in chilled containers.