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MOL seals deal for HK LNG terminal project

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has won the deal to supply services for the Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal Project.

MOL said in a press release that it has entered into a preliminary agreement to supply a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU), as well as Jetty Operation & Maintenance Services for the Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal Project on a long term contract.

MOL will utilize the 2017-built MOL FSRU Challenger which has a storage capacity of 263,000m3 and currently remains the world’s largest FSRU to provide services to the city’s first liquefied natural gas project.

The FSRU was constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and is currently employed on a mid-term charter for a project in Turkey.

The Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal Project will be located at the southern waters of Hong Kong and to the east of the Soko Islands. The FSRU is expected to enter into service at the Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal around the end of 2020 at the earliest after delivery and completion of commissioning. The facility will distribute gas into two destinations in Hong Kong, the Black Point Power Station located at New Territories and Lamma Power Station located at Lamma Island.

The Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal Project is being developed to support the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government’s target of generating about half of the city’s electricity from natural gas from 2020 onwards to improve air quality and environmental conditions in Hong Kong.

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Planning for the Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal is progressing at a good pace and the environmental impact assessment study for the project has been submitted to the government. Discussions are ongoing to develop and reach a definitive agreement for the supply of the FSRU which will assist in improving the long-term energy security for Hong Kong as well as providing access to competitive natural gas supply from world markets.

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