Tembek is currently under charter to RasGas from sister company Qatargas and is part of a fleet of eight Q-Flex carriers being delivered for the Qatargas II project from South Korean shipyards.
The Qatargas II Train 4 ships are 40 per cent larger than conventional LNG carriers. They will mostly be used in delivering LNG from Qatar to Milford Haven in the UK where the new South Hook LNG receiving terminal is nearing completion.
The size of the Q-Flex carriers will enable both the LNG buyers and sellers to realize unprecedented economies of scale.
A further three Q-Flex LNG carriers, the Al Gattara, Al Ruwais and Al Safliya have also been delivered and four more Q-Flex ships, the Duhail, the Al Ghariya, the Al Gharrafa and the Al Hamla will be delivered soon.
During 2008 the South Korean yards will begin delivering a further 12 Q-Flex LNG carriers and six Q-Max carriers. The Q-Max has even larger capacity at over 260,000 cubic metres.
Three of the Q-Max ships will be built at Samsung Heavy Industries, with a cargo capacity of 266,000 cubic metres, and the other three at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering with a cargo capacity of 263,000 cubic metres.