Shipowner BW LNG is being named as the preferred bidder selected by Norwegian energy company Equinor following its tender for a pair of LNG carriers to take on long-term charter.

Brokers and owners said BW LNG has scooped contracts for a pair of vessels that are to be fixed on charters for at least seven years.

One indicated a rate in the mid to high-$80,000-per-day range on the deals.