LNG Production Start-Up of Train 7 at Ras Laffan
Qatar (fel) – The new LNG (liquefied natural gas) train 7 of the Ras Laffan 3 project has started up production at Ras Laffan Industrial City/Qatar. The project is a joint venture of Qatar Petroleum (70 percent) and ExxonMobil Ras Laffan (30 percent). This LNG train is the fourth 7.8 million tons per year LNG plant brought online by Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil joint ventures within the past twelve months. It matches the capacity of Ras Laffan 3 Train 6, one of the largest operating LNG production facilities in the world, inaugurated in October 2009. Qatar¦s giant North Field, which is estimated to contain in excess of 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, will supply both trains. Ras Laffan 3 is part of a full value-chain investment that includes the facilities associated with natural gas production and liquefaction in Qatar. Also involved are investments by affiliates of Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil in twelve new, more efficient Q-Flex LNG vessels and one Q-Max LNG vessel.