A new Q-Flex LNG carrier, "Onaiza", was delivered yesterday to Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) and chartered on long term contract to Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited (3), known as Qatargas 3, at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd., Okpo shipyard on Geoje Island.
The Nakilat-owned ?Onaiza? (210,000 CBM) will be used to ship LNG produced by Qatargas 3 to markets primarily in the United States, Qatargas said in statement.
The Q-Flex and the even larger Q-Max are a new generation of LNG mega-ships. The Q-Max has 80 percent and Q-Flex 50 percent more capacity than conventional LNG carriers with about 40 percent lower energy requirements due to the economies of scale created by their size and the efficiency of the engines.
Q-Max and Q-Flex LNG carriers are unique and purpose built for Nakilat and allow for more efficient transport of Qatar"s natural gas to markets throughout the world.
Qatargas 3 shareholders are Qatar Petroleum (QP), ConocoPhillips and Mitsui & Co, Ltd.