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Qatar's RasGas planning to shut LNG train

Qatar's two LNG producers have shut down four other units this year.

Qatar's RasGas planning to shut LNG train
UNIT SHUTDOWN: RasGas, a Qatari fuel producer, plans to shut its sixth train or production unit for maintenance on June 20. (Getty Images)

Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Co, a Qatari producer of the fuel, plans to shut its sixth train, or production unit, for maintenance on June 20, two people familiar with the plan said.

The liquefied gas producer known as RasGas shut its Units 1 and 2 for maintenance late last month, one of these people said yesterday.

RasGas, based in the Qatari capital, Doha, plans to restart the two units this week, the people said on condition of anonymity because of company policy.

Erin Murphy, a RasGas spokeswoman, declined to comment today.

Train 6 is one of the world’s four largest LNG production units, each of them capable of producing 7.8 million tons of liquefied gas in a year. It will be shut for maintenance for about 20 days, one of these people said.

Qatar’s two LNG producers, RasGas and Qatar Liquefied Gas Co, have announced shutdowns of four other liquid natural gas units this year.

RasGas shut its seventh and newest production unit after it came on line earlier this year. Qatar Liquefied Gas Co, or QatarGas, shut its third and fourth units for repairs and said it would stop operating its fifth unit during the summer.

LNG is natural gas chilled to a liquid for transportation by ship.

In an email, Murphy said: “RasGas conducts routine maintenance of its LNG trains, we do not discuss the details of these operations.”

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