Qatargas has been reflecting on two significant milestones of late, after the company not only signed a Heads of Agreement (HOA) with ENARSA in Argentina, but also saw the 5000th LNG tanker load for LNG cargo at Ras Laffan.

In terms of the latter, a significant milestone was reached on 21st June 2011 when the LNG tanker ‘Al-Ghuwairiya’ berthed at Ras Laffan to load her LNG cargo bound for CANAPORT, Canada.

The tanker represented the 5000th such vessel to have berthed at Ras Laffan for an LNG cargo.

The Qatargas chartered vessel is one of the new generation Q-Max LNG tankers able to load a full LNG cargo of 260,000 cubic meters – the vessel is owned by the Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat).

Meanwhile Qatargas, the largest LNG producer in the world, has achieved another new historical milestone with the signing of a HOA for the long-term supply of LNG to Energia Argentina Sociedad Anonima (ENARSA).

Under the terms of the HOA, Qatargas will deliver five million tonnes per annum (MTA) of LNG to ENARSA at the Southern Cone LNG Hub in Argentina for 20 years, beginning in 2014. This LNG supply is expected to meet nearly 16% of Argentina’s total annual natural gas consumption, according to a Qatargas press release.

Qatargas will deliver the agreed LNG volumes to ENARSA’s planned Southern Cone LNG Hub onboard its fleet of Q-vessels to ensure the most economical transportation cost. The Southern Cone LNG Hub is an offshore LNG Floating, Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) project, which is being promoted by ENARSA for completion in 2014.