By Delly Waigeno – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The second PNG LNG Project custom-built ship, the Kumul, safely completed loading its first LNG cargo yesterday.
In a week of milestones, the 200th PNG LNG cargo is also due to be loaded onto the Spirit of Hela
Andrew Barry, ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director, said these two milestones further strengthens their reputation for safely and reliably delivering LNG to our customers.
The Kumul was recently named in a ceremony in China. It is a 172,000 cubic metre, 290-metre-long LNG carrier. The ship has entered service on a long-term charter with ExxonMobil PNG, operator of the PNG LNG Project, providing LNG transportation to major customers in Asia.
Andrew Barry, ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director, said the company could not be more excited about the arrival of the Kumul, the second of the custom-built ships to load its first cargo which will be delivered to Sinopec.
The Kumul is owned by Chinese companies, Mitsui O.S.K Lines Limited and East China LNG Shipping Investment Co Limited. Mitsui O.S.K Lines will operate the ship on behalf of the PNG LNG venture and deliver cargos under the direction of ExxonMobil PNG Limited.
The first LNG Carrier, the Papua, commenced service in February 2015. The Kumul and its sister vessel, the Papua, are the largest liquefied natural gas carriers ever to be built in China.
In the meantime the first PNG LNG Project custom-built ship, Spirit of Hela, will be loading the 200th cargo for PNG LNG this weekend.