Qatargas delivered the first liquefied natural gas cargo on a Q-Max vessel to Zeebrugge LNG Terminal in Belgium, marking the first discharge of a Q-Max LNG vessel at this facility.
The cargo, which was loaded at the Ras Laffan terminal in Qatar on June 22, arrived on board the Q-Max vessel, ‘Al Dafna’ on July 22.
The delivery also celebrates yet another multi-terminal delivery for Qatargas bringing the total number of multi-port deliveries undertaken by the company in 2019 to eight deliveries.
Al Dafna with LNG cargo from Qatargas at Zeebrugge Terminal
This operation saw the first LNG parcel discharged in Zeebrugge and a second parcel at the South Hook LNG terminal in the United Kingdom.
Qatargas chief executive officer Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa al-Thani said, “At Qatargas, we are very much focused on further developing the concept of multi-port deliveries of our LNG cargoes and offer it to our global portfolio of customers.
“This will provide our customers with flexibility and reliability to help them meet their demand for clean burning natural gas while enhancing flexibility of supply. As the World’s Premier LNG Company, we are committed to meeting and exceeding the expectations of our customers.”
Pascal De Buck, chief executive officer and managing director (Gas infrastructure group) Fluxys, which is the owner and operator of the Zeebrugge LNG terminal, said, “We are particularly pleased at Fluxys with this new milestone in our long-standing co-operation with Qatargas at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal. The Q-Max delivery demonstrates the versatility we offer our customers, with LNG carriers of all types and sizes able to dock at the facility, ample pipe gas take away capacity for delivery throughout Northwestern Europe and a range of options for downstream small-scale LNG distribution.”
The established practice in the LNG industry is to deliver a single cargo of LNG to a single location. Qatargas’ pioneering achievement was made possible by using the largest class of LNG vessel in the world, a Q-Max vessel, which has a cargo carrying capacity of 266,000 cubic metres.
Its large capacity allows Q-Max to deliver two full conventional size cargoes to multiple destinations and customers in one voyage.