Chinese shipyard Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding delivered the Pan Asia LNG carrier the first of four vessels set to transport liquefied natural gas from the QCLNG project in Australia to China.
The 174,000-cbm vessel is built for joint investors, CNOOC Energy Technology & Services Limited, Teekay, BW Group and China LNG Shipping.
The vessel completed sea trials in June this year with the naming ceremony taking place at the end of September.
The three remaining LNG carriers, Pan Americas, Pan Europe and Pan Africa, currently under construction at the shipyard are scheduled for delivery by 2019.
CNOOC that owns a 50 percent equity stake in QCLNG’s Train 1 has a deal in place for the supply of 3.6 mtpa for a period of 20 years.
All four vessels will operate under 20-year time-charter deals with Methane Services Limited, a former unit of BG Group, now part of Shell.