Northern Lights says LNG-powered CO2 carrier duo more than 60 percent complete

China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Offshore (DSOC) continues to progress work on two LNG-powered CO2 carriers it is building for Norway’s Northern Lights, a joint venture consisting of Equinor, Shell, and TotalEnergies.

“The production of the first Northern Lights ships is more than 60 percent completed,” Northern Lights said in a brief update via its social media on Thursday.

The sister ships have a cargo capacity of 7,500 cbm and will set sail in 2024, it said.

Earlier this year, a keel-laying ceremony was held for both of the vessels.

This followed a steel-cutting ceremony for both of the LNG-powered ships which took place on November 21, 2022.

In October 2021,Dalian Shipbuilding Industry (DSIC) won the contract to build the two dedicated 130 meters long carriers, each with a length of 130 meters.

Also, MAN’s ME-GI engines will power the CO2 carriers.

Besides LNG power, the vessels will feature a wind-assisted propulsion system and air lubrication in order to reduce carbon intensity.

Northern Lights says LNG-powered CO2 carrier duo more than 60 percent complete
Image: Northern Lights

Northern Lights also recently ordered the third LNG-powered liquefied CO2 carrier.

A spokesperson for Northern Lights told LNG Prime at the time that the “first two ship contracts were awarded to Dalian Shipbuilding Industry (DSIC) but they are built by DSOC as a contractor.”

The spokesperson said that the company awarded the contract for the third ship directly to DSOC.

According to Northern Lights, the third LNG-powered CO2 carrier will cater to existing and new customers and will also share the same characteristics as its sister ships with a cargo capacity of 7,500 cbm.

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