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Dubai receives first LNG cargo from Qatar

Royal Dutch Shell Plc confirmed the first shipment arrived from Qatar on Monday

Dubai receives first LNG cargo from Qatar
\nQatar already provides gas to the UAE through the Dolphin Energy Ltd undersea pipeline. (Getty Images)\n

Dubai
received its first cargo of liquefied natural gas from Qatar on Monday, John
Barry, vice president for technical and production in the Middle East and North
Africa for Royal Dutch Shell Plc has confirmed.

“Shell
is not an equity investor in the project” and serves instead as a project and
technical adviser, Barry said at a conference in Dubai on Tuesday. “Shell is
also involved in sourcing the LNG.”

Dubai
began discharging the LNG at 1:00am on Tuesday, he added.

Shell
said last year that it had entered an agreement to ship Qatari LNG to Dubai in
the neighboring UAE for 15 years. Shell is a shareholder in QatarGas4, an LNG
production plant, that is scheduled to begin producing fuel by February.

Qatar
already provides gas to the UAE through the Dolphin Energy Ltd. undersea
pipeline, and the country plans to boost its annual production capacity for LNG
to 77m tonnes by the end of this year.

Shell,
the largest investor in Qatar, expects its $19bn Pearl gas-to-liquids plant
there to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2012, Krey Stirland, the
company’s commercial manager for Qatari operations, said on September 27.

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