Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited (Ras Laffan 3) has announced the completion and start-up of Train 6 at Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar.

Train 6 is designed to produce 7.8 million tons per year (tpy) of LNG, therefore matching the capacity of the largest LNG train in the world - also located in the Middle East’s Qatar.

A joint venture of Qatar Petroleum (70% interest) and ExxonMobil Ras Laffan (III) Limited (30%), the project represents an expansion of the existing LNG production facilities operated by RasGas Company Limited.

These facilities have sufficient scale to competitively reach markets all around the globe. In addition, Ras Laffan 3 is also constructing its second 7.8 million tpy train, known as Train 7 - expected to start-up in late 2009.

Both Trains 6 and 7 will be supplied with natural gas from Qatar’s giant North Field, which is estimated to contain in excess of 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

$quot;Working in partnership with Qatar Petroleum, Ras Laffan 3 Train 6 represents yet another technological milestone that will help supply the growing global demand for clean-burning natural gas,$quot; said Neil Duffin, President of the ExxonMobil Development Company.