Signing deadlines on newbuilding and time charter contracts for 17 LNG carriers worth more than $3bn have been extended as TotalEnergies and its partners hang fire on their Mozambique LNG project.

Shipbuilding sources said an end-of-May date on the vessels — nine of which are to be built at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries and eight at Samsung Heavy Industries — has been pushed out into September.

Delivery dates, originally due to start from about the end of 2023, will now begin in the second quarter of 2024.