Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) is expected to sign agreements with South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai to acquire six LNG carrier ships, two sources close to the deal said on Thursday.
“The agreement to buy the ships should be signed before today or tomorrow,” one source told Reuters, adding that NLNG executives had travelled to South Korea for the signing.
The banking source said the loan would be medium-to-long term, with the deal expected to be sealed by the end of March.
Samsung and Hyundai could not be reached immediately for comment.
A spokeswoman for BNP Paribas said it does not normally comment on transactions with clients
NLNG, which is majority owned jointly by Nigeria’s state oil company NNPC and Royal Dutch Shell, said last year it would seek international loans to expand the operations of its shipping subsidiary Bonny Gas Transport Limited, which currently has 24 LNG ships.
NLNG was set up more than two decades ago to harness Nigeria’s natural gas resources and produce liquefied natural gas and natural gas liquids for export.
It has long-term supply contracts with buyers in Italy, Spain, Turkey, Portugal and France and also sells on the spot market.
NLNG has a capacity to produce 22 million tonnes of liquefied gas a year. It obtains its gas supply from the upstream oil companies and liquefies it for export.