In an industry first, Qatargas Operating Company (Qatargas) has successfully completed the largest ever multi-port delivery of a single cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG).This achievement, which saw a Q-Max vessel safely discharge LNG at two terminals in Spain, is testament to the company’s commitment to leading the LNG industry in terms of operational flexibility and supply chain efficiency.“Qatargas continues to deliver innovative solutions which provide greater efficiency, flexibility and optimisation of resources. This multi-port delivery further demonstrates our commitment to maintaining our position as the world’s premier LNG company,” said its chief executive Khalid bin Khalifa al-Thani.
The established practice in the LNG industry is to deliver a single cargo of LNG to a single location. Qatargas’ pioneering achievement was made possible by using the largest class of LNG vessel in the world, a Q-Max vessel, which has a cargo carrying capacity of 266,000 cubic metres. This allows a Q-Max to deliver two full conventional size cargoes on one vessel.Qatargas loaded the cargo at the Ras Laffan terminal in Qatar on the Q-Max LNG vessel ‘Mekaines’ on May 12. The two cargo ‘parcels’ were delivered to the Barcelona and Cartagena LNG terminals in Spain on May 30 and June 1 respectively.Advancements such as multi-port delivery on Q-Max vessels, coupled with a global reputation for safe and reliable operations, reinforce Qatargas’ position as the premier LNG supplier of choice in an ever-competitive and evolving market, its spokesman said.
Sources and photo-credits: Gulf Times