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Qatargas supplies extra LNG cargoes to quake-hit Japan

Extra cargoes are enough to supply electricity to 5m Japanese households for a year, company says

Qatargas supplies extra LNG cargoes to quake-hit Japan
A tanker used to transport LNG supplies. (Getty Images)

Qatargas said on Saturday it was committed to supplying an extra sixty conventional LNG cargoes to Japan in a bid to help the quake-hit country recover.

Sixty conventional LNG cargoes represent about four million tonnes of LNG, enough energy to supply electricity to five million Japanese households for a year, the company said in a statement.

The commitment was announced after Qatargas CEO Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani returned from a visit to Japan, where he led a Qatargas delegation to meet with senior officials from Japanese utility and gas companies.

He said: "Whilst I was in Japan I could see for myself the urgency to help so we need to move quickly. The ability to swiftly secure these supplies for Japan clearly shows that Qatargas is well placed to help Japan during its moment of need.

"These additional cargoes of LNG will be supplied to a number of our long-term customers over the next 12 months. The first of these cargoes was discharged whilst I was still in Japan and I anticipate further sales."

Qatargas is the world's largest LNG producer.

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