Shipyards have submitted their price estimates for an LNG bunker vessel for Spanish energy giant Repsol.
Newbuilding players said Repsol has requested indicative price offers on a 7,500-cbm capacity ship, and that all yards with an interest in building this type and size of vessel have now responded to the company.
One commented that Repsol wants to take a very "low profile" approach to the project. He suggested it could be a year before any newbuilding is finalised.
Repsol reignited its search for an LNGBV in the last four months of 2018, following some initial tyre-kicking on the unit in the early part of the year.
The company is already supplying LNG as bunkers by truck.
Last year, it announced its first terminal-to-ship job, supplying 370 cbm to the 14,745-dwt asphalt tanker Damia Desgagnes (built 2017) in Cartagena.
But the company can see other opportunities, particularly for cruiseships calling in Barcelona and other Spanish ports.
Company officials said last year that the supply of ship-to-ship transfer of LNG as bunkers is part of Repsol's strategy to meet its clients' requirements.