Teekay’s first LNG carrier to be equipped with dual fuel MEGI engines was recently delivered to US-based LNG player Cheniere.
The M-type, electronically controlled, gas injection (MEGI)-powered LNG tanker named Creole Spirit was delivered on February 29 to Cheniere Marketing, a unit of Cheniere.
“MEGI vessels are designed to be significantly more fuel-efficient and have lower emission levels than other engines currently being used in LNG shipping,” Bermuda-based Teekay said in a statement.
The vessel was built by the South Korean shipbuilding giant Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).
The construction of the 174,000 cbm capacity Creole Spirit started in March 2015 with the vessel’s launching taking place in May.
The vessel will transport LNG from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG export facility, the first of its kind to export cheap and abundant U.S. shale gas to overseas markets. The Sabine Pass facility shipped its first cargo of the chilled fuel in February.
More MEGI newbuilds to come
Creole Spirit is Teekay’s first of nine LNG newbuildings that will be equipped with MEGI engines.
Teekay’s second MEGI-powered LNG vessel, Oak Spirit, also chartered to Cheniere, was launched in September last year.
During December, the shipping company has also laid keels for six of its vessels that will feature the MEGI engine.
LNG World News Staff