Qatar ships first LNG to Japan, signs accord

Qatar has begun shipping its first liquefied natural gas exports to Japan and set the stage for long-term transportation of its LNG. The first cargo of LNG was to be lifted late this month at Qatar's Ras Laffan terminal and delivered in early January to Chubu Electric Power Corp. in Japan. Meanwhile, state-owned Qatar General Petroleum Corp. (QGPC) has let contract to a group of five Japanese shipping companies, led by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., to transport 6 million metric tons/year of LNG for 25 years. The other four members of the consortium are Nippon Yusen KK, Kawasaki Kaisha Ltd., Showa Lines Ltd., and Iino Kaiun Kaisha Ltd. The contract started Dec. 1. Transportation co...

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