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World's biggest LNG project opens

Qatargas 2 goes online today.
Ras Laffan Port is playing host to the launch of the Qatargas 2 LNG project.
Ras Laffan Port is playing host to the launch of the Qatargas 2 LNG project.

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The world’s biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) project is being launched at the Qatari port of Ras Laffan today. Qatargas 2, a US$13 billion initiative with a production capacity of 15.2 million tonnes of LNG a year, has the capability to meet a fifth of the UK’s LNG needs.
 
One of the key components of the project is the 14 state-of-the-art tankers that have recently been delivered from an assortment of South Korean shipbuilders. The fleet includes eight Q-Flex and six Q-Max ships.

Qatargas 2, which will be inaugurated at a special ceremony at Ras Laffan, also involved the development of two LNG trains, three storage tanks, plus power utilities and water injection systems, as well as the tanker fleet.

“Everyone at Qatargas is proud of these achievements, and today, we highlight to the world this innovation in global energy,” said Faisal M Al-Suwaidi, CEO of Qatargas, according to the Gulf Times newspaper.

“We have been looking forward to this important inauguration and I am delighted that so many people from the United Kingdom and our stakeholders from around the world have made the journey to be with us today. We are committed to sharing this moment with the people of Qatar over the coming months,” Al-Suwaidi added.
 

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