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KSOE won LNG Carrier order worth KRW2tn from Qatar

Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE), an intermediate holding company of Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, won orders for seven large liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers worth nearly 2 trillion won. The order is believed to come from Qatar, the world’s largest LNG producer.

KSOE announced on Aug. 10 that it signed a contract with an Asian shipping company to build seven 174,000-cubic-meter LNG carriers. The contract is valued at 1,962.8 billion won. The client is presumed to be QatarEnergy, formerly Qatar Petroleum, Qatar’s state-owned oil company. In June 2020, the company signed contracts with Korea’s big three shipbuilders, including KSOE, to secure building slots for more than 100 LNG carriers.

Analysts estimate KSOE’s LNG carrier order intake from Qatar at 17 units. Each of the LNG carriers ordered this time is 299 meters long, 45.4 meters wide and 26.5 meters tall. They will be built at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, Korea and delivered to the client sequentially by the second half of 2026.

KSOE has won orders for a total of 41 LNG carriers this year, the largest number in the world. Following 21 units in 2020 and 26 units in 2021, the shipbuilder enjoys the biggest market share in the world LNG carrier market for three consecutive years. It has won orders for a total of 161 ships worth US$19.29 billion in the shipbuilding and offshore sector so far this year. It attainted 110.6 percent of this year’s target of US$17.44 billion.

KSOE’s stellar order-taking performances significantly helped the Korean shipbuilding industry lead the world in the shipbuilding industry. Korea posted 1.16 million CGT (19 ships) of 2.1 million CGT (70 ships) in global ship orders in July, accounting for a 55 percent share, according to Clarkson Research, a British shipbuilding and shipping market analysis company. It continued to rank first in shipbuilding orders for three months in a row. From January to July of this year, Korea logged orders for 11.13 million CGT (204 ships, 47 percent), beating China with 10.7 million CGT (383 ships, 42 percent).

Source: BusinessKorea

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