As part of an expansion program aimed at boosting its share of the growing global market, Bonny Gas Transport (BGT), a unit of Nigeria LNG has commissioned four new vessels.
The four dual fuel diesel electric (DFDE) LNG carriers will be delivered to Nigeria LNG before the end of this year, the company said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday.
Nigeria LNG, which operates the Bonny Island plant, ordered six vessels worth more than $1.2 billion in 2013 from Korean shipbuilders Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries. The remaining two LNG carriers will be commissioned and delivered in 2016.
LNG Bonny II and LNG Lagos II, both built by HHI, have a capacity of 177,000 cbm and are 299 metres long and 46 metres wide. SHI-built LNG Finima II and LNG Port-Harcourt II have a capacity of 175,000 cbm and are 293 metres long and 48 metres wide.
“NLNG is currently planning for additional trains that will increase its production capacity by 40 percent to some 30 million tonnes annually. Our shipping capacity must therefore also grow to meet the demands of this expansion,” Babs Omotowa, the Managing Director and CEO of NLNG said in the statement.
The Bonny Island facility currently has six trains in operation with a total capacity of some 22 mtpa of LNG.
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NLNG is a joint venture compromised of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC (49%), Shell (25.6%), Total (15%), and Eni (10.4%).