Qatargas has delivered its first cargo of LNG to Thailand on the Q-Max vessel Bu Samra.
Q-Max vessels can carry up to 266,000 cubic meters of LNG and are 80 percent larger than conventional LNG vessels.
The LNG was delivered to PTT Company at Thailand’s Map Ta Phut LNG receiving terminal on August 5. Bu Samra was the first Q-Max vessel to arrive at Map Ta Phut terminal since the startup of the terminal in 2011, when Qatargas delivered the first commissioning cargo. Since then, Qatargas has supplied PTT with approximately nine million tons of LNG, delivering most of these cargoes via Q-Flex vessels capable of carrying around 210,000 cubic meters of LNG.
In December 2012, Qatargas 3 and PTT Company signed an agreement to deliver two million tons per annum (MTPA) of LNG for a period of 20 years from 2015. This agreement marked PTT’s first long-term LNG sale and purchase agreement and Qatargas’ first long-term agreement in South-East Asia.
Currently, Map Ta Phut LNG Receiving Terminal is the only LNG receiving terminal operating in Thailand, and it can receive both Q-Flex and Q-Max vessels.
In May this year, Qatargas delivered the inaugural cargo of LNG to China National Oil Corporation’s Yuedong LNG terminal. The LNG cargo was delivered on board the Qatargas-chartered Q-Flex LNG vessel Al Kharaitiyat.
Qatargas is the world’s largest LNG producing company with a production capacity of 42 million tons per annum (MTPA). Qatargas has a chartered fleet of 13 Q-Max vessels that transport LNG from Qatargas plants in Ras Laffan to markets around the globe.