News has this week emerged from Milford Haven in Wales, UK, where Europe’s largest LNG Terminal, South Hook, has successfully completed its commissioning of Phase 1 and is now commercially operational.

South Hook, as a part of the world's largest fully integrated value chain, the Qatargas 2 Project, is of major significance for the UK. The South Hook Terminal's ability to import LNG is important to the UK's long-term energy policy and now provides the UK with a western entry into the national grid system.

The South Hook Terminal is owned by a UK joint venture of Qatar Petroleum (QP) (67.5%), ExxonMobil (24.15%) and Total (8.35%).

Construction of the terminal is occurring in two phases: Phase 1 has now commenced commercial operations, while Phase 2 will be completed in the first quarter of 2010.

When fully commissioned, the terminal will have a total processing capacity of 15.6 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG and be capable of delivering up to 21 billion cubic metres (bcm) per annum of gas into the National Transmission System (NTS), which is equivalent to 20% of total current UK natural gas demand.