Russian shipowner Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has firmed up long-term charter deal options on two LNG carrier newbuildings with its existing shipping partner TotalEnergies.

Sovcomflot said the 174,000-cbm vessels will be chartered to the French energy major for a period of up to seven years.

The ships will operate under the TotalEnergies global LNG trading programme, with Sovcomflot responsible for their technical management.

The charters were an option TotalEnergies was holding under a deal it signed with Sovcomflot in January for a single LNG newbuilding.