Qatargas-1 plans LNG units shutdown in April
Doha, March 26, 2012
Qatargas, the world's largest LNG supplier, plans to shut all three liquefied natural gas (LNG) producing units at its Qatargas-1 plant for three weeks of work starting in the third week of April, its chief executive told Reuters.
Qatargas-1 has three LNG trains with a total combined production capacity of nearly 10 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).
'This is a normal planned shutdown,' Khalid bin Khalifa Al-Thani told Reuters. 'All at the same time,' he added regarding whether all three trains, each with a capacity of 3.2 mtpa, would shut together. Qatargas has a total capacity of 42 mtpa.
Qatargas-1, which began operations in late 1996, is controlled by state-run Qatar Petroleum (QP) with international energy companies ExxonMobil, Total, Mitsui and Marubeni holding smaller stakes.
Sister company Rasgas operates the other 35 mtpa of production facilities which together make Qatar by far the world's biggest LNG exporter. - Reuters