JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – Jiangsu Hangton Ship Heavy Industry Co. Ltd, a China’s shipbuilding company, said that it has signed shipbuilding contract with CIMC Enric SJZ Gas for building the world’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) carrier which will be operated by Indonesian electric company PT PLN to transport CNG between the islands of Indonesia.
The vessel is designed by CIMC ORIC, using natural gas as power, driven by dual fuel main engine, with110-meterlength over all and 14-knots design speed.
The vessel will be designed and constructed under the classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Indonesia’s PT Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia (Persero) (BKI). The vessel is scheduled to be delivered to PLN in May 2016.
“Along with the increasing demand for clean energy in shipping industry and related technology keeping improving, the successful signing of CNGproject signifies our another breakthrough in building gas carriers after successfully developing the market of stainless steel chemical tanker,” Hangton said in a media statement.
Division Head for Gas and Fuel of PLN, Suryadi Mardjoeki told Rambu Energy earlier that the CNG Marine Vessel construction has been awarded to Jiangsu Hangton Ship Heavy Industry. However, he declined to disclose the value of the contract.
He said PLN will use the CNG carrier to transport 20 million standard cubic feet (MMSCFD) of CNG CNG from mother station Gresik CNG Plant to Lombok CNG Plant. The CNG will be used to generate PLN’s Lombok gas power plant with capacity of 90 megawatt hour (MW).
“If this project goes ahead smoothly, this will be the world’s first commercial Marine CNG Vessel project. So far, only LNG that is transported by vessel,” he said.
PLN decided to use CNG carrier to transport CNG to areas that are not linked with gas pipeline, in particular in eastern Indonesian region. The use of CNG is also part of PLN’s move to use more gas by its power plants, which are more efficient and cheaper compared to fossil fuel.