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Nakilat to trial LNG as fuel for Q-maxes

Nakilat to trial LNG as fuel for Q-maxes
Nakilat, in cooperation with charterers Qatargas and RasGas, is to convert a Q-max vessel to run on LNG as a pilot project for the company's 14-strong Q-max fleet.

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore and Marine (N-KOM) will carry out the work at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard facilities in the Port of Ras Laffan, using MAN Diesel and Turbo's ME-GI systems. The project will be the world's first to convert a low-speed marine diesel engine to run on LNG.

Designed to maximise carrying capacity from Qatari ports, 14 of the 266,000 cu m vessels were ordered and subsequently delivered between 2008 and 2010 by Korean yards to Nakilat to satisfy charters to Qatari gas giants Qatargas and Rasgas.

Switching fuels will allow the Q-maxes to meet all current and future emissions regulation, significantly reducing CO2 and SOx emissions.

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