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Qatargas, Shell send first LNG cargo from Train 7

Train 7 is the last train constructed by Qatargas, taking its overall production capacity up to 42 mtpa

Qatargas, Shell send first LNG cargo from Train 7
LNG CARGO: Train 7 is the last train constructed by Qatargas, taking the companys overall production capacity up to 42 mtpa (Bloomberg Images)

Qatargas and Royal Dutch Shell sent the first cargo of liquified natural gas (LNG) from their new train seven plant to India, Qatargas said on Sunday.

"The cargo is en route to Hazira receiving terminal in India," it said in a statement.

Shell owns 30 percent of the 7.8 million tonne a year (mtpa) LNG plant in Qatar - already the world's biggest LNG exporter - with state-owned Qatar Petroleum holding 70 percent.

Train 7 is the last train constructed by Qatargas, taking the company's overall production capacity up to 42 mtpa.

"Qatargas 4 opened up new markets for Qatari LNG in China and Dubai with agreements signed in 2008, and continues to look for further opportunities," said Andy Brown, Shell's executive vice president, in a statement.

"It is therefore fitting that its first cargo should go to India, a market with significant potential for LNG," he said.

The Hazira terminal in Gujarat, northwest India, supplies LNG, or gas cooled to liquid form so it can be transported by tanker, to customers in the north of the country.

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