The Qatargas Operating Company and the Qatargas Transport Company (or Nakilat) have received delivery of a Q-Max LNG tanker, at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard on the Geoje Island of South Korea.

The 266,000 cubic-metre Umm Sal LNG tanker will be used to ship LNG volumes by the Qatar Liquefied Gas Company (Qatargas 2) to European customers.

The Q-Max tanker is reported to have 80% more capacity than conventional LNG carriers, with around 40% lower energy requirements due to the economies of scale created by the size and the efficiency of engines.

The Q-Max LNG carriers are reportedly purpose-built for Nakilat and will be on long-term charter to Qatargas. Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil Qatargas II and Total E&P Qatargas II Holdings own stakes in Qatargas 2.