QP-ExxonMobil JV announces LNG train start-up
World's equal largest LNG train begins operation at Ras Laffan, Qatar
The joint venture behind the world’s equal largest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) train has announced its successful completion and start-up at Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar.
Ras Laffan LNG Company Limited (3) (Ras Laffan 3) - a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum (70%) and ExxonMobil (30%) – said that Train 6 - a 7.8 million tons per year facility - will be supplied natural gas from Qatar's giant North Field, which is estimated to contain in excess of 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
"Ras Laffan 3 Train 6 represents yet another technological milestone that will help supply the growing global demand for clean-burning natural gas," Neil Duffin, president, ExxonMobil Development Company said.
"Advanced technologies, strong project execution skills and economies of scale have reduced the cost of producing and transporting LNG, thereby extending our ability to bring LNG to more people around the world," he added
Ras Laffan 3 is also constructing its second 7.8 million tons per year train, known as Train 7, expected to start-up in late 2009.
Through its joint ventures with Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil has an interest in 12 trains in Qatar to supply liquefied natural gas to major markets in Asia, Europe and North America.
Ras Laffan 3 Train 6 is the second 7.8 million tons per year LNG plant brought online by Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil joint ventures this year.