NKK, Hitachi Zosen Cooperate To Build Technigaz LNG Carriers

NKK Corp. and Hitachi Zosen Corp. recently entered into an agreement to build Technigaz-based LNG carriers under license from Societe Nouvelle Technigaz of France.

The agreement, aimed at further improving Technigaz LNG carrier technology, will enhance the two companies' services in the face of expected increases in demand for LNG carriers. The collaboration will extend to broad areas of joint R & D and design, improve building procedures and multiply the attributes of the companies' joint resources.

The Technigaz tank system is composed of stainless steel membranes and insulation panels made of fiberglass-reinforced polyurethane foam, which provides high reliability; a compact space-efficient hull; good bridge visibility and easy maintenance due to its low, flat upper deck; and a complete doublehull structure, ensuring greater s&fcty Over the past 20 years, 12 LNG carriers with the Technigaz tank system have been built. The latest order was received by NKK in December 1990 from Asia LNG Transport Sdn. Bhd. of Malaysia for a 635,661 cubic-foot LNG carrier.

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