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UK's Centrica receives first Qatari LNG cargo

First delivery made as part of $3.2bn liquefied natural gas deal with producer Qatargas

UK's Centrica receives first Qatari LNG cargo

Britain's Centrica received its first Qatari liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo on Friday, four months after it signed a 2 billion pound ($3.2bn) delivery deal with LNG producer Qatargas.

The 266,000-cubic-metre Mozah LNG tanker, one of the world's largest, berthed at Britain's Isle of Grain terminal early on Friday morning, bringing the first of 7.2 million tonnes of super-cooled natural gas agreed under the three-year deal.

Energy supplier Centrica owns LNG importing capacity at the Isle of Grain facility, including the phase three terminal, which received its first cargo in late October.

Britain expanded its LNG import capacity last year to diversify sources and grow less dependent on North Sea supply.

LNG flows from Britain's three largest terminals, Isle of Grain, South Hook and Dragon, more than trebled in two years, National Grid data showed.

At the same time supply from Norway via the Langeled pipeline has slowed in recent months, partly due to maintenance.

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