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Friday, December 27, 2019 

Kyushu Electric Power (Kyuden) has signed long term transport agreements with Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) for the deployment of the world's first LNG-fuelled large coal carriers.

The vessels will be used to import coal to Kyuden's coal-fired power plants, and will be operated, one each, by NYK and MOL.

The use of LNG fuel is expected to virtually eliminate SOx emissions and reduce NOx by about 80%, as well as cutting CO2 by 30%, in comparison with traditional marine fuels.

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, a 75% owned subsidiary of Kyuden.

The three companies says they are contributing to a low carbon society by implementing LNG as an environmentally-friendly fuel which effectively reduces carbon emissions from marine transport.

The two ships, of 235m length and 95,000dwt, will be built at the Oshima (for NYK) and Namura (or MOL) shipyards, with deliveris schedule for April and June 2023 respectively.

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