Another Knutsen LNG newbuild nearing delivery in South Korea

South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries is finalizing work on another liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier the firm is building for Norwegian shipowner Knutsen.

The French-flagged 174,000-cbm Alicante Knutsen left the Korean shipbuilder for its gas trials last wek, according to a social media post by Knutsen’s unit France LNG Knutsen.

It did not reveal any additional information.

Following delivery later this year, this vessel will serve a unit of LNG giant Shell as part of a charter deal.

Hyundai Samho recently delivered Santander Knutsen and held a naming ceremony for three other LNG carriers, namely Extremadura Knutsen, Huelva Knutsen, and Ferrol Knutsen.

All of these ships will serve Shell under charter contracts.

Another Knutsen LNG newbuild nearing delivery in South Korea
Image: Knutsen LNG France

The LNG carriers feature WinGD’s dual-fuel X-DF engines and GTT’s Mark III Flex containment system.

Moreover, the 297 meters long ships have boil-off management plants, air lubrication systems, and shaft generators for auxiliary power along with optimized hull and design speed, according to Knutsen.

Hyundai Samho previously said that it would build 15 LNG carriers of the same type for Knutsen for about $2.8 billion, the largest-ever project for the shipbuilder.

The Korean yard plans to deliver all of these ships by December 2025.

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