Gas shipowner Nakilat has signed time-charter agreements with compatriot QatarEnergy on 25 LNG carrier newbuildings under Phase 2 of the liquefaction giant’s mammoth LNG fleet expansion programme.

The time charterparty agreements, which were inked in Doha by Qatar’s minister of state for energy affairs and QatarEnergy president and chief executive Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi and Nakilat chief executive Abdullah Al Sulaiti, covered 17 ships now on order at HD Hyundai Heavy Industries and eight at Hanwha Ocean.