(EnergyAsia, November 23 2011, Wednesday) — Qatargas said it has delivered its first Q-Max liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to China.

The cargo was delivered by the Bu Samra carrier to PetroChina’s recently commissioned LNG receiving terminal at Rudong in Jiangsu province as part of a long-term supply contract between the two countries signed in April 2008 by Qatar Liquefied Gas Company 4 and Shell Western LNG BV.

PetroChina has contracted to purchase three million tonnes of LNG a year for up to 25 years.

As the world’s largest LNG carrier, a ship of Q-Max size measures 345 metres long, 53.8 metres wide and 34.7 metres high, and has the capacity to carry 266,000 cubic metres of LNG as compared to conventional carriers which are able to deliver between 135,000 and 177,000 cubic metres. Qatargas has 13 Q-Max vessels in its chartered fleet.

Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Sada, Qatar’s Minister of Energy & Industry and Qatargas chairman, said:

“Qatar considers China a very valuable trading partner. This achievement underpins Qatar’s long-standing capability to supply LNG to customers around the globe safely and reliably.”

Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatargas CEO, said:

“The first Q-Max LNG cargo delivered to PetroChina’s LNG terminal is a significant milestone meeting the growing demand for energy in China. This delivery will further strengthen the relationship between Qatargas and PetroChina over the long-term.”

Andy Brown, Shell’s executive vice president and director of Qatargas 4 said:

“The delivery of the first cargo to PetroChina under this major long term supply arrangement is a momentous landmark for the project. Shell, the largest LNG player amongst the international oil and gas companies, is proud to have facilitated the supply of LNG between Qatar, as the largest LNG producer in the world and China with its large, burgeoning gas market.”