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World’s largest LNG carrier sets sail for Chinese terminal

24th September 2012

The Q-Max vessel, the largest class of LNG carriers in the world, has delivered Qatargas LNG to a CNOOC terminal

World’s largest LNG carrier sets sail for Chinese terminal
Q-Max ships can carry up to 80 per cent more cargo than their predecessors, while requiring approximately 40 per cent less energy per unit of cargo than conventional LNG carriers

The largest class of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers in the world has delivered Qatari LNG to a Chinese oil and gas giant’s LNG terminal, it emerged last week.

The carrier, a Q-Max LNG vessel, was used by the world’s largest producer of LNG, Qatargas to deliver its first cargo of the resource to China National Oil Corporation’s (CNOOC) Zhejiang LNG Terminal, the Qatari firm said in a press release.

“This is an important milestone for Qatargas. We are very pleased LNG from Qatar continues to contribute towards meeting the growing demand for energy in the People’s Republic of China,” said Qatargas CEO Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

This is the first time a Q-Max LNG carrier has docked at one of CNOOC’s terminals in China, and the cargo delivered will be used to commission the newly constructed LNG terminal.

First floated out of dry-dock in 2007, Q-Max ships can carry up to 80 per cent more cargo than their predecessors, while requiring approximately 40 per cent less energy per unit of cargo than conventional LNG carriers, according to an Exxon Mobil press release from 2008.

Qatargas and CNOOC have an existing agreement for the supply of a total of 2 million tonnes per annum of LNG, Qatargas added. The first delivery was made in 2009.

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