Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Qatar Gas takes delivery of Q-Max LNG carrier

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The Qatar Gas Transport Co. (QGTC) has taken delivery of the 263,000-cu m Al Samriya Q-Max LNG carrier, which will transport LNG to Europe from Qatar Liquefied Gas Co. Ltd.'s Qatargas 2 project.

The Al Samriya is now the seventh in a series of 14 and joins five other recently delivered Q-max ships - Mozah, Al Ghuwairiya, Umm Slal, Lijmiliya, and Bu Samra - all now on long-term charter to Qatargas Operating Co.

The ships were all designed and built to lift cargoes from Qatargas 2, jointly held by Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil Qatargas II Ltd., and Total E&P Qatargas II Holdings Ltd.

The Q-Max ships carry up to 80% more cargo but require 40% less energy per unit of cargo, than conventional LNG carriers due to economies of scale and the efficiency of the engines.

Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co, the Al Samriya is reportedly the seventh in a series of 14 Q-Max ships that will be produced for QGTC by a variety of Asian shipyards.

In February, Samsung Heavy Industries delivered the Al Mayeda to QGTC, which said the vessel would be used to ship LNG from the Qatargas 3 project, under development by Qatar Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, and Mitsui.

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