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Qatargas delivers first LNG cargo to Singapore

UMM SLAL carrier delivers 200,000 cubic metres of LNG to South East Asia country

Qatargas delivers first LNG cargo to Singapore
A LNG tanker prepares to deliver its latest cargo. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Qatargas said on Sunday it has delivered its first ever cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Singapore.

The cargo was delivered on board the Q-Max LNG carrier UMM SLAL to Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd's (SLNG) first LNG receiving terminal at Jurong Island.

Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatargas CEO said: "Qatari LNG continues to have a key role to play in helping countries around the world improve the diversity of their energy supplies.

"We are pleased with this development which will help to meet the growing demand for energy in Singapore and help us build our relationship with a new customer."

Qatargas is at the forefront of commissioning new LNG Terminals and said it is confident it will be able to maintain safe, long-term reliable supplies of clean LNG energy to countries where it is needed the most.

"The start-up of SLNG's first LNG terminal, located in the heart of South East Asia, is a significant milestone meeting the growing demand for energy in Singapore and we at Qatargas are very proud to have played a contributing role," he added.

The UMM SLAL began her voyage from Ras Laffan Port on March 17 with approximately 200,000 cubic metres of LNG onboard.

"This delivery will further strengthen the relationship between Qatar and Singapore as well as between the two companies over the long-term," Qatargas said.

The Singapore LNG Terminal is the second LNG terminal in South East Asia to procure commissioning cargo from Qatargas.

In June 2011, Qatargas delivered a commissioning cargo to Thailand's Map Ta Phut LNG Terminal.

To date, the company has provided commissioning cargoes to nine LNG terminals, with Singapore being the tenth such arrangement.

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