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UK welcomes first LNG super tanker from Qatar

Liquefied natural gas seen playing key role in helping to meet the UK's energy needs, says Centrica

UK welcomes first LNG super tanker from Qatar

One of the world's largest

liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers docked at Britain's Isle of

Grain terminal on Wednesday for the first time, terminal

operator National Grid and importer Centrica said.

Qatar's Bu Samra, which can carry 265,000 cubic metres of

LNG, is the first Q-Max tanker to arrive at the terminal in Kent

since a new jetty allowed them to dock in December 2010.

"Liquefied natural gas will play an increasingly important

role in helping to meet the UK's future energy needs," Centrica

Energy Managing Director Mark Hanafin said in a statement.

"It's vital that we have terminals like this that have the

capability to receive large carriers such as the Q-Max."

Centrica, the owner of British Gas, signed a deal in

February with Qatargas, to be finalised this week, to buy 2.4

million tonnes of LNG a year via the Isle of Grain.

A spokeswoman for Centrica said the Bu Samra cargo was not

one of the 20-25 cargoes that it expected to receive this year

under the Qatargas deal.

Those deliveries will start in the next few months, she


Qatargas is already Britain's biggest LNG supplier through

its South Hook import terminal in Wales, and the contract to

supply Britain's biggest energy retailer boosts the small Middle

Eastern country's share in Europe's biggest gas market.

The Isle of Grain terminal can supply 20 percent of annual

UK gas demand.

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Ali 8 years ago

Qatar, why are you not supplying LNG to Bahrain ?