Qatargas has this week delivered its first ever cargo of LNG to Canada, representing a landmark moment as the first such delivery from Qatar to the East coast of North America.
Having been produced by one of Qatargas’ latest LNG mega trains, the cargo was then delivered to the Canaport LNG Terminal by the Q-Flex LNG carrier ‘Mesaimeer’.
After travelling up to 15,000km over just 22 days, the load safely reached Canada and Qatargas COO Faisal Al-Suwaidi reflected on the company’s capability across the globe.
He said, “This is a significant milestone for Qatargas. We are very pleased that LNG from Qatar will contribute towards guaranteeing the supply of natural gas to homes and industry in north eastern US. This achievement underpins Qatargas’ capability to supply LNG to customers around the globe safely and reliably.”
Alaa Abujbara, Qatargas Marketing Director, added, “Mesaimeer began her voyage from Ras Laffan Port on November 8th with a cargo of LNG the equivalent of around 5 billion cubic feet of natural gas. After covering 15,000 kilometers in 22 days, she safely discharged her cargo at Canaport LNG terminal, marking the first delivery of LNG from Qatar to the East coast of North America.”
The LNG delivered to Canaport was produced by one of Qatargas’ latest 7.8 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) LNG mega trains. The first, Train 4, started production in May 2009 - followed in September by Train 5. The units are the largest LNG trains in the world and together with Qatargas’ first three trains, have increased the company’s production capacity to nearly 26 mtpa.
Two more 7.8 mtpa trains are currently under construction and are expected to begin production in 2010.