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  Worldfs first LNG bunkering vessel
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Mitsubishi Corporation, NYK, together with their partners ENGIE and Fluxys have taken delivery of the worldfs first purpose-built liquefied natural gas bunkering vessel (LBV) from Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd, at Yeongdo shipyard in Busan, Korea. Zeebrugge in Belgium will be the home port of the vessel, which has been named ENGIE Zeebrugge accordingly. From there, the 5,000 m³ LNG capacity LBV will supply LNG as a marine fuel to ships operating in Northern Europe. As international regulations on emissions for ships tighten, LNG is expected to become an important alternative fuel for maritime industry. While LNG-fueled ships up to now have been largely dependent on fixed bunker locations or the limited bunkering capacity of LNG trailers, ENGIE Zeebrugge, the first purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel, has been designed to service a variety of LNG-fueled ships.


Image of the completed development

Mitsubishi Estate, Lendlease (a property and infrastructure group in Australia), and Ping An Real Estate (the global platform of the Ping An Insurance Group Company of China) signed an agreement on December 22, 2016, to participate in the Circular Quay Tower office building development project in Sydney, Australia. The project is a large-scale development on a site of approximately 4,600 square meters in the Sydney central business district and has planning approval for a 248 meter high office and retail facility tower, a low-rise public building, and two public plazas. The project provides Mitsubishi Estate its first opportunity to develop an office building in Australia. Australia boasts the highest level of economic growth among developed countries, with the economy growing for 23 consecutive years since 1992. This growth is expected to continue, enabling Mitsubishi Estate to take advantage of future business opportunities in Australia.


Compressor train on test cradle

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has established a dedicated Oil & Gas Division within Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc., its Houston-based U.S. subsidiary, with a view to expanding its presence in the North American market. By strengthening its coordinating function for compressors, gas turbines, and many other products handled by the group, MHI will be able to respond to diverse demand in LNG facilities, petrochemical plants, and other applications in the oil & gas industry with greater precision and speed and to provide onestop solutions for both upstream and downstream markets. With a dedicated office in downtown Houston, the division will focus on identifying, developing, and leading business opportunities by offering competitive turbomachinery solutions for LNG and petrochemical applications as well as customeroriented engineering solutions such as CO2-EOR, floating power generation, and plant digitizations.


One of the worldfs largest columnar crystal silicon products

Mitsubishi Materials and Mitsubishi Materials Electronic Chemicals have established technology for manufacturing some of the largest columnar crystal silicon in the world, with one side exceeding 1, 200 millimeters in length. Columnar crystal silicon is polycrystalline silicon with a gcolumnarh structure produced by growing silicon crystal in a unidirectional way and solidifying it. Silicon is not only brittle in quality, but also expands in volume during the solidification process, and larger sizes are susceptible to fracturing. Mitsubishi Materials Electronic Chemicals has utilized advanced precision casting technology developed over many years to establish a manufacturing technology that enables an increase in purity and a reduction in internal stress. This makes it possible to reliably produce large-size columnar crystal silicon with much improved practicality; its high purity and excellent workability mean it will find applications in a range of product fields.