Second huge LNG production train starts up in Qatar

Warren R. True
OGJ Chief Technology Editor-LNG/Gas Processing

HOUSTON, Sept. 9 -- Another megatrain of LNG production has begun service.

Earlier this week, Qatargas 2 partners Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil Corp. announced completion of the 7.8 million tonne/year Train 5. This follows start-up in the second quarter of Qatargas 2’s other 7.8 million tpy Train 4. Each train is about 50% larger than any other liquefaction plant currently operating outside Qatar, said the announcement.

QP holds 65% of Train 5, ExxonMobil 18.3%, and Total SA 16.7%. Qatargas 2 Train 4 shareholder interest is QP 70% and ExxonMobil 30%.

Qatargas 2 links natural gas production, liquefaction, shipping, and regasification infrastructure into integrated LNG development and supply.

In addition to Trains 4 and 5, Qatargas 2 joint venture encompasses a fleet of carriers and the newly commissioned South Hook LNG terminal in Milford Haven, Wales (OGJ Online, Mar. 23, 2009; Apr. 6, 2009). The South Hook LNG Terminal Co. Ltd. is owned by QP 67.5%, ExxonMobil 24.15%, and Total 8.35%.

Qatargas 2 also has capacity to produce 0.85 million tpy of LPG and 140,000 b/d of condensate and employs three 145,000-cu m storage tanks.

Contact Warren R. True at warrent@ogjonline.com.

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