Knutsen, PKN Orlen take delivery of second LNG carrier in South Korea

South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries has delivered the second Knutsen liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier that will go on charter to Poland’s PKN Orlen.

The delivery ceremony for the 174,000-cbm Grazyna Gesicka took place at the yard in Ulsan on April 28, according to a brief social media post by Knutsen LNG France, a unit of Knutsen.

Hyundai Heavy hosted a naming ceremony for this LNG carrier and its sister vessel Lech Kaczynski in December last year.

The 174,000-cbm Lech Kaczynski is already serving PKN Orlen.

Grazyna Gesicka (Image: Knutsen)

Norway’s Knutsen ordered these vessels at Hyundai Heavy in October 2020 for about $187.5 per ship.

PGNiG, now part of PKN Orlen, chartered these carriers to ship its contracted US LNG supplies to Poland for a period of 10 years.

Besides these two newbuilds, PGNiG also took on charter four more newbuild LNG carriers from Knutsen and two from Greece’s Maran Gas for a total of eight and scheduled for delivery by 2025.

Knutsen, PKN Orlen take delivery of second LNG carrier in South Korea
Image: Knutsen LNG France

LNG carrier to serve Engie

Knutsen LNG France said in the post that South Korea’s Hyundai Samho held a naming ceremony for another 174,000-cbm LNG carrier.

The vessel named Gordon Waters Knutsen will go on charter to France’s Engie.

Knutsen ordered this LNG carrier at Hyundai Samho in April 2021 for about $189 million, according to VesselsValue data.

The Norwegian firm now has seven LNG carriers sailing under the French flag, Knutsen LNG France said.

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