GAIL India Ltd has issued a tender to hire nine ships to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US. The company wants to hire newly built ships to transport up to 5.8 million tonnes per annum of LNG it had contracted in the US, beginning 2007.
According to the tender document, bids are due by 30 October.
“The present bid is calling for 9 LNG vessels in lots of three vessels each, of a cargo capacity of not less than 150,000 cubic meters and not more than 180,000 cubic meters.”
The bidders are required to quote for lots of three vessels, with a provision that under each lot, one of the ships shall be built in Indian shipyard. The bidder can quote either for one, two or all three lots.
Of the first two lots, GAIL wants delivery of the four LNG ships from overseas shipyards within the eight months window starting from 1 August, 2017 and ending on 31 March, 2018. The remaining two vessels from Indian shipyards will be delivered within six years of award of contract.
The two ships from overseas shipyards in the third lot will be delivered between 1 February, 2018 and 30 September 30. The third vessel from the Indian shipyard would be delivered within six years of award.