Qatargas has successfully completed the first Ship-To-Ship (STS) transfer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) between two Q-Flex type ships, following an incident involving one of the vessels while transiting the Singapore straits.
There were no reported injuries or environmental impacts, however the incident did result in minor damage to the LNG vessel.
The transfer of 211 000 m3 of LNG was conducted at anchor in open waters in Singapore using specialised equipment and a contractor with LNG STS expertise. The operation commenced on 22nd January and was completed on 28th January 2014.
In a statement released by the company, Qatargas commented: “In line with our strong commitment to total customer satisfaction, various scenarios options were considered and the STS operation was identified by Qatargas as a key element to ensuring that Qatargas commitments and obligations to their valued customers were met. This was only achievable through the collective and collaborative effort of all parties involved in the operation, and with the cooperation and support of Qatargas’ customers.”
The completion of this STS operation reinforces Qatargas’ position as the world’s largest producer and reliable supplier of LNG.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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