Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. (Kyuden) has engaged in long term transport agreements by deploying LNG-powered large coal carriers with Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (MOL). The vessels are expected to become the world’s first LNG-fueled large coal carriers, under the operation of NYK and MOL, to import coal to Kyuden’s coal-fired power plants.
The LNG procured for Kyuden’s thermal power plants will be supplied to the vessels as fuel at the loading facility of Kitakyushu Liquefied Natural Gas Co., Inc., a 75% owned subsidiary of Kyuden.
The use of LNG is expected to virtually eliminate SOx emissions and reduce approximately 80% of NOx emissions, as well as 30% of CO2 emissions, in comparison with traditional marine fuels.
NYK, MOL, and Kyuden are contributing to a sustainable marine transportation and the realization of a low carbon society by implementation of LNG as an eco-friendly fuel which effectively reduces carbon emissions and environment impact from marine transport.
The vessels are expected to be delivered between April and June 2023. NYK-operated carrier will be built by Oshima Shipbuilding and MOL-operated vessel by Namura Shipbuilding.