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