Qatargas loads the 2,000th LNG cargo from the Common Lean LNG Storage and Loading Asset facility at Ras Laffan. The milestone achievement of 2,000 cargoes was reached in less than five years after the first loading from the facility.
Qatargas, the world’s largest LNG producer, recently loaded the 2,000th LNG cargo from the Common Lean LNG Storage and Loading Asset facility at Ras Laffan.
The Common Lean facilities are built to store LNG produced from the six mega LNG trains at Ras Laffan Industrial City (Qatargas Trains 4, 5, 6 and 7 and RasGas Trains 6 and 7). They also load Q-Flex and Q-Max ships in addition to conventional ships from berths 4, 5 and 6 and the Qatargas ships at LNG Berth 3 for customers across Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Qatargas chief executive officer Khalid bin Khalifa al-Thani said, “I would like to congratulate all the teams involved on this milestone achievement which further demonstrates how we manage and operate all of our facilities safely, efficiently and reliably. This is a significant milestone, not only for Qatargas, but also for Qatar’s LNG industry on the whole as it enhances our reputation as a reliable supplier of LNG worldwide. What makes this achievement all the more remarkable is that it has been achieved without any Lost Time Incidents (LTI).”
The milestone achievement of 2,000 cargoes was reached in less than five years after the first loading from the facility.
Qatargas Q-Flex vessel ‘Al Hamla’ was the first ship to load “lean LNG” from Berth 4 on March 15, 2009 during the expansion start-up stage.
In October 2009, Qatargas Q-Flex vessel “Al Kharaitiyat” became the first ship to load lean LNG from Berth 5, while the first ship to load lean LNG from Berth 6 was the RasGas Q-Flex vessel ‘Al Sahla’ in February 2011.
The Common Lean LNG storage and Loading facilities include eight LNG tanks, each with a storage capacity of 140,000 cu m. The facility also recovers Boil-Off gas (BOG) from the LNG tanks. The recovered gas is supplied to the LNG trains as fuel gas. Four LNG loading berths are also part of the facility.