On 13 December, a naming ceremony was held at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Nagasaki Shipyard Corporation, for a new LNG carrier ordered by Japanese NYK to MI LNG Company Co., Ltd.
The order was made in 2014 to MI LNG, a joint venture of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Imabari Shipbuilding.
The ship, named ‘Pacific Mimosa’, will be engaged in LNG transportation for JERA from Chevron’s Wheatstone LNG project in Australia.
Chevron-led Wheatstone Project, located 12 kilometres west of Onslow, processes and liquefies natural gas extracted from fields located offshore of Western Australia at the Ashburton North plant. At full capacity, the Project’s two train facilities are expected to produce 8.9 MTPA of LNG for export mainly in Asia.
Tokyo-based JERA, a joint venture company of Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power, will be the largest buyer of LNG from the Wheatstone Project, and received first LNG cargo from the project earlier in November.
The 288-meter vessel’s delivery is expected in March 2018. LNG Marine Transport, set up by JERA (70%), Mitsubishi Corporation (15%), and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (15%), will jointly operate it.