Qatargas has announced the delivery of the first Qatari Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) cargo to the Netherlands, aboard its Q-Max vessel the Al-Samriya.

Al-Samriya is carrying the third and final commissioning LNG cargo for the start-up of Gate terminal, the new re-gasification LNG facility located at the northern part of the existing Port of Rotterdam.

Gate Terminal, the first independent LNG import terminal in the Netherlands, is currently being developed by main shareholders N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie and Royal Vopak.

From Doha, Qatar, Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chief Executive Officer of Qatargas commented, “Qatari LNG continues to have a key role to play in helping countries around the world improve the diversity of their energy supplies. We are pleased with having played a role in the commissioning of Gate terminal, which in turn will aid in meeting the growing demand for energy in Europe.”

The CEO continued, “Under the guidance of His Excellency Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Qatargas; Qatargas is proud to to be the first supplier of Qatari LNG to the Netherlands utilising the Q-Max, the largest of our vessels. This deal continues to demonstrate Qatargas’ capability to supply LNG to customers around the globe safely and reliably.”

Europe is currently one of Qatargas' largest customer markets. The LNG delivered to Gate terminal was produced by one of Qatargas’ seven LNG Trains, three of these are the largest LNG trains in the world and together provide Qatargas’ with a production capacity of 42 million tonnes per annum (MTA).