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Dahej LNG terminal receives first Q-Max vessel

LNG Industry,

Petronet LNG has announced the arrival of the first Q-Max LNG vessel at the Dahej LNG terminal from Ras-Laffan, Qatar.

The terminal has recently been expanded to include a second LNG jetty and accommodate larger vessels up to Q-Max size LNG vessels. In 2013, Petronet successfully unloaded the 1000th cargo at Dahej, after a period of nine years.

“We are glad to receive first Q-Max LNG vessel one of the biggest size LNG ships available today, at Dahej Terminal and expect to receive more such cargoes in the future. Petronet also look forward to further strengthening the time proven and cordial bilateral trade relationship between Qatar and India,” commented Dr. A K Balyan, CEO, Petronet LNG Limited.

RasGas and Petronet signed their first sales and purchase agreement (SPA) in 2004 for 7.5 million tpy of LNG. RasGas currently makes regular deliveries to Petronet's Dahej and Kochi terminals in India. After South Korea, India is RasGas’ largest recipient of LNG by volume. RasGas will load its 1000th cargo destined for Dahej in mid-December 2014.

“The safe berthing and unloading of the Mekaines Q-Max vessel at Dahej is another significant milestone to highlight relationship between RasGas and Petronet. As the largest single supplier of LNG to India, RasGas stands ready to assist Petronet in meeting India’s growing demand for eco-friendly fuel. The delivery of the Q-Max cargo to Dahej Terminal demonstrates our flexibility in meeting our long-standing customer’s needs,” added Khalid Sultan R. Al Kuwari RasGas’ Chief Marketing and Shipping Officer.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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