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Ras Laffan 3 LNG Train 7 Starts Production


Qatar : 25 February 2010

Doha: Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited (3) (Ras Laffan 3) has proclaimed the completion and start of Train 7 at Ras Laffan Industrial City of Qatar.

The scheme is a joint undertaking of Qatar Petroleum (70 per cent) and ExxonMobil Ras Laffan (3) Limited (30 per cent) and symbolizes one more development of LNG manufacturing facility operated by RasGas Company Limited.

Ras Laffan 3 Train 7 is the fourth 7.8 million tons per annum LNG plant commissioned by Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil joint ventures within a year. It equals the capacity of Ras Laffan 3 Train 6, one of the biggest operating LNG manufacturing facilities in the world, launched in October 2009.

These super facilities have enough level to competitively reach markets throughout the world. Qatar’s gigantic North Field, which is expected to contain more than of 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, will feed both trains.

ExxonMobil Development Company’s president, Neil Duffin said that the commissioning of Ras Laffan 3 Train 7 symbolizes an important achievement in the additional development of natural gas from the North Field to facilitate deliver increasing international energy requirement.

Starting LNG production from Ras Laffan 3 Train 7 scores one more main landmark in the extraordinary attempt of Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil to conceive and efficiently apply the biggest liquefaction trains, LNG ships and terminals in the globe.

Ras Laffan 3 is part of a complete value-chain investment that incorporate the facilities linked with natural gas production and liquefaction in Qatar. Investments by associates of Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil in 12 latest, more capable Q-Flex LNG vessels and one Q-Max LNG vessel are also involved.

The Q-Flex and Q-Max models can carry about 45 and 80 per cent, in that order, more LNG than the standard carrier operating these days and can contact LNG terminals in all of the world’s main LNG markets.

The ultimate key constituent of the value chain is the Golden Pass LNG terminal, under construction near Sabine Pass, Texas, able of re-gasify 15.6 million tons per annum of LNG. The joint undertaking consists of associates of Qatar Petroleum (70 per cent), ExxonMobil (17.6 per cent) and ConocoPhillips (12.4 per cent) and is likely to begin in 2010.

Qatar has turn out to be the world’s biggest LNG supplier. Through successful joint undertaking with Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil has an advantage in 12 trains in Qatar to supply liquefied natural gas to main markets in North America, Asia and Europe.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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