DOHA, Qatar, April 6 /CNW/ -- Qatargas today inaugurated Qatargas 2, the
world's first fully integrated value chain liquefied natural gas (LNG) venture
marking a historic moment for the State of Qatar.
HH the Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani officially inaugurated the
project in front of the assembled audience at Ras Laffan City, formally
acknowledging the significant achievements Qatar has made in the field of LNG.
His Royal Highness The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, witnessed the
inauguration on behalf of the United Kingdom.
Qatargas 2 is the culmination of Qatargas' historic project to create a
fully integrated value chain. The LNG Trains represent a 50% increase on any
performance previously achieved in the global energy industry.
Combined, Qatargas 2 consists of three offshore unmanned platforms, two
world class LNG Trains, five storage tanks, two loading berths, a fleet of 14
state of the art LNG ships and a receiving terminal in Milford Haven, Wales.
The main destination for the LNG will be the specially built South Hook
terminal located in the deep-water port of Milford Haven, United Kingdom. From
there the gas will find its way to customers in the UK natural gas market.
Qatargas 2 is capable of providing up to 20 percent of the UK's natural gas
His Excellency Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister,
Minister of Energy & Industry said: "This is an important day for the LNG
industry and for the State of Qatar. The Qatargas 2 project represents a new
source of energy diversity and supply for the United Kingdom and other LNG
markets around the world. Qatargas 2 also represents a sizable investment in
long term capacity creation through the construction of these pioneering
mega-trains and ships to transport the LNG."
Mr. Faisal Al-Suwaidi, Chief Executive Officer, Qatargas said: "What we
will achieve with Qatargas 2 would not have been possible without the vision
of the State of Qatar under the leadership of His Highness the Amir. The
support of our shareholders - Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Total has
contributed significantly to translating this vision into a reality. Many
people have worked very hard to deliver this project safely and ensure that it
operates safely and reliably for the long-term, my thanks go out to them."
A number of high level officials from Qatar and the United Kingdom were
present including Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and
Industry and other senior officials from Qatar Petroleum, HRH The Duke of
York, Prince Andrew, and Mike O'Brian QC MP, Minister of State for Energy and
Prime Minister Gordon Brown sent a message via video congratulating the
State of Qatar on this historic occasion.
Guests at the inauguration included representatives from Qatargas'
shareholders: Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Total.
Qatargas 2 is special not only because it is the first of the Qatargas
expansion projects but because it is a first in the LNG industry in terms of
train size, new technology, innovations in shipping, workforce levels,
marketing, project financing, with close co-operation of international
contractors, and the involvement of international energy companies as
40 new technologies and three million pounds of new equipment and systems
were implemented in the completion of the project. Low emission technology
and waste heat recovery systems are incorporated to reduce emission levels.
These innovations have made the Qatargas 2 Trains extremely efficient and one
of the lowest emissions LNG plants built to date.
Within a decade, Qatargas Operating Company has grown from a company with
three trains producing six million tonnes of LNG per year with one primary
customer, to a global leader in the industry supplying 42 million tonnes per
year to markets on three continents.
One hundred Qatargas staff members who contributed to the project joined
His Highness the Emir on stage where he thanked them for their dedication and
hard work. The safety record on the project has been exemplary. The Qatargas
2 project achieved more than 20 million man hours without one lost time
incident on three separate occasions. This record reflects the strong safety
culture in Qatargas that has become a model in the LNG industry and beyond.
The inauguration was reason to celebrate for both the State of Qatar and
the United Kingdom, which will open the South Hook facility next month. Few
projects in the UK compare to the South Hook LNG Terminal development in terms
of scale. The Terminal, located in West Pembrokeshire in Wales, UK, is the
largest LNG receiving terminal in Europe with a capacity of 15.6 million
tonnes per annum and features the largest diameter storage tanks in the world.
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