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Production at RasGas train 6 "imminent": ExxonMobil

Production at RasGas train 6 "imminent": ExxonMobil

Dubai: ExxonMobil Corp said over the weekend that production from its new liquefied natural gas unit in Qatar is "imminent".

Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Co's train 6 "was mechanically completed during the second quarter", David Rosenthal, ExxonMobil's vice president of investor relations, said. "Gas is flowing into the unit and first LNG production is imminent."

Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas, or RasGas, is a venture between state-controlled Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil. Train 6 will be the second LNG unit to start operations this year in Qatar, the world's biggest producer of LNG.

The facility, which can produce 7.8 million tons of LNG a year, was scheduled to start operations by June, according to the second-quarter newsletter from RasGas. QatarGas2 train 4 began operations in March.

Phase 2 of the Al Khaleej gas project in the country is scheduled to start operations in the second half of the year, Rosenthal said. Al Khaleej will supply gas for industries and power generation plants in Qatar. [03/08/09]