Qatar Petroleum signs record-breaking LNG shipbuilding agreements

  • Jun 03, 2020
  • LNG Industry

Qatar Petroleum has entered into three agreements to reserve LNG ship construction capacity in the Republic of Korea to be utilised for Qatar Petroleum’s future LNG carrier fleet requirements, including those for the ongoing expansion projects in the North Field and in the US.

Under the agreements, the ‘Big 3’ Korean shipyards – Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) – will reserve a major portion of their LNG ship construction capacity for Qatar Petroleum through the year 2027.

The agreements were signed by Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum in a virtual signing ceremony attended by Sung Yun-mo, the Minister of Trade, Industry & Energy of the Republic of Korea. Also attending were Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani, CEO of Qatargas, the CEOs of the Korean shipyards, senior representatives from Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, as well as executives from Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas, and the three Korean shipyards.

On the Korean side, the agreement with DSME was signed by Sung Geun Lee, the President and CEO of DSME, the agreement with HHI was signed by Sam H. Ka, the President and Board member of HHI, and the agreement with SHI was signed by Joon Ou Nam, the President and CEO of SHI.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Al-Kaabi said, “The signing of today’s agreements with the three esteemed Korean companies reflects our commitment to the North Field expansion projects, even during these extraordinary times. As I have previously stated, we are moving full steam ahead with the North Field expansion projects to raise Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 77 million today to 126 million tons per annum by 2027 to ensure the reliable supply of additional clean energy to the world at a time when investments to meet these requirements are most needed. These agreements will ensure our ability to meet our future LNG fleet requirements to support our expanding LNG production capacity and long-term fleet replacement requirements.”

Al-Kaabi added, “With the conclusion of these milestones agreements, we have everything in place to commence the largest LNG shipbuilding program in history. We have secured approximately 60% of the global LNG shipbuilding capacity through 2027 to cater for our LNG carrier fleet requirements in the next 7 - 8 years, which could reach 100+ new vessels with a program value in excess of 70 billion Qatari Riyals.”

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