An order for the first CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) carrier has been placed by Pelayaran Bahtera Adhiguna (a subsidiary of Perusahaan Listrik Negara, PT PLN Indonesia) with Qingdao Wuchuan Heavy Industry.
According to the American Bureau of Shipping, the new vessel will be ABS-classed. The 110-meter vessel has been designed by CIMC Ocean Engineering Design & Research Institute, China, and will be built at a shipyard in northern China.
Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman and CEO of ABS, commented:
“As society’s demands continue to drive the search for cleaner forms of energy, new methods of marine transport, propulsion and processing for gas are being required.
"ABS remains committed to being on the leading edge of that technical evolution, supporting industry and regulators as they navigate through the challenges.”
The CNG vessel will be registered in Indonesia. It will have CNG capacity of 2,200 m3 and will sail at speed of approx 14 kn. It is expected to enter service in May 2016. The CNG ship will transport natural gas from East Java's fields to Lombok communities (Lombok CNG plant should be operational by May 2016). The vessel will also be classed by Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia (Indonesian class society).
After Lombok, PT PLN targets supporting three generators at Bawean Island (80 nm north of Gresik).