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LNG milestone for Qatar's Ras Laffan Port

Doha: Ras Laffan Port reached a milestone in its LNG export activities last month, with all four LNG berths used simultaneously. LNG tankers Al Khor (135,000 m3), Disha (136,000 m3), Al Jassasiya (145,700 m3) and Al Hamla (216,000 m3) were all docked at the 56 sq km port Sunday 22nd March 2009, making use of Ras Laffan's significant LNG berthing capacity.

Since commencing operations in September 1996 the port has capitalized on its appeal as a gateway for LNG produced from the North Field and there are plans underway for two additional LNG berths, which will be capable of hosting Q-Flex and Q-Max type carriers.

Besides the LNG facilities, Ras Laffan Port also has a number of other berths to export liquids such as condensate, LPG and GTL products. The dry cargo berths handle sulphur, bulk materials and project cargoes.

The latest addition to the current Port facilities is a large ship repair and dry-dock facility which is expected to be operational by mid-2010. The facility will be equipped with the latest and most modern ship servicing equipment and other supporting facilities similar to those available at other world-class dry-dock.

Additionally, the first new mega-train for Qatargas 2 Project is under commissioning and will be inaugurated in April 2009. The Qatargas 2 Project mega-trains 4 & 5 will produce a total of 15.6m tons per year and the cargo is mainly destined for the United Kingdom. The other mega-trains of Qatargas 3 & 4 and RasGas 3 will also be brought into production in the next 2 years. When the present expansions are completed, Qatargas and RasGas will each operate seven production trains producing 41m and 36m tons respectively.  [02/04/09]

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