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RasGas to shut train 7 at Qatar LNG plant for work

11.06.2013  | 

Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas, the world’s second-biggest producer, halted a liquefaction plant for planned maintenance, said two people with direct knowledge of the work.

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By ROBERT TUTTLE

DOHA (Bloomberg) -- Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas, the world’s second-biggest producer, halted a liquefaction plant for planned maintenance, said two people with direct knowledge of the work.

RasGas’s Train 7 in Qatar shut at the beginning of the month, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to comment on the work. The unit would halt for three to four weeks, one person said in January. RasGas doesn’t 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 world’s 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 Importers.



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Scott Mills
11.10.2013

The current generation of LNG plants (including RG7) use frame based gas turbines to drive the big compressors. These turbine have significantly high maintenance factors compare to 'typical' process units. This means a series of turnarounds are required to inspect, repair or replace some of these high wear parts (think in the combustion area). What this means is that these companies plan the LNG delivery schedule against this high level maintenance plan. Unlikely that this work causes any shortage in the market.

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