Toscana takes delivery of Qatar Rasgas' LNG cargo
FSRU Toscana is located 22km off the Italian coast between Livorno and Pisa and the cargo, aboard vessel Al Thakhira, was delivered on 23 August, 2016
Qatar's major infrastructure projects, in pipeline and underway, are funded in part by its lucrative liquefied natural gas (LNG) market, which has been the backbone of the country in the face of an oil price drop.
With a new seaport under construction, major initiatives being completed in the transport, health, and education sectors, and also with new facilities underway for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Gulf state is expanding its LNG market.
RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) has delivered its first LNG cargo to Italy’s Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) in Toscana, The Peninsula reported.
The cargo, aboard vessel Al Thakhira, was delivered on 23 August, 2016. FSRU Toscana is located 22km off the Italian coast between Livorno and Pisa.
The terminal is permanently anchored to the seabed, through an anchorage system, with a single point of rotation at the bow, and is one of Italy’s main regasification projects.
This shipment to a new customer at the terminal underscores RasGas’ positive growth and continues the company’s performance, even in a period of low energy prices.
Khalid Sultan R Al Kuwari, RasGas’ chief marketing and shipping officer, said: “RasGas looks forward to continuing our support of DufEnergy in meeting the growing demand in Italy – and throughout Europe – for cleaner energy in the form of LNG. The arrival of our LNG cargo at FSRU Toscana represents another positive development in RasGas’ global operations.”
Jean-Christian Heintz, head of LNG at DufEnergy, said upon receipt the load: “Receiving this cargo at the FSRU Toscana regasification terminal is an important milestone, as LNG is a key source of supply to the Italian natural gas market.”
Qatar’s RasGas is one the world’s largest gas exporters in the world, with an integrated shipping fleet comprising 27 long-term chartered LNG vessels. The fleet’s mix of 14 conventional ships, 12 Q-Flex and one Q-Max vessel ensures RasGas’ flexibility to meet worldwide demand for cleaner energy.