By ROBERT TUTTLE
DOHA (Bloomberg) -- Ras Laffan Liquefied
Natural Gas, the worlds second-biggest producer, halted a
liquefaction plant for planned maintenance, said two people with
direct knowledge of the work.
RasGass Train 7 in Qatar shut at the beginning of the
month, said the people, who asked not to be identified because
they arent authorized to comment on the work. The unit
would halt for three to four weeks, one person said in January.
RasGas doesnt comment on shutdowns, an official, who
asked not to be identified because of company policy, said by telephone.
Repairs at LNG plants in Qatar, the worlds biggest
producer of the fuel, may hamper supplies and boost prices in
short-term markets from Asia to Europe.
RasGas, based in Doha, shut its smaller Train 3 in
September, two people said at the time. The plant can produce
4.7 MMmtpy of LNG. The work was completed last month, one of
the people said.
Train 7 can produce 7.8 MMtpy, making it the biggest by
capacity along with five other plants in Qatar. Exxon Mobil, a
minority shareholder in RasGas, is the buyer of LNG from the
plant, according to data from the International Group of LNG