(EnergyAsia, April 20 2012, Friday) — Qatargas said it achieved a milestone last month when it loaded its 1,000th liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo for export from a loading base built less than three years ago.

Bound for Elba Island in Georgia state in the US, the cargo was loaded from the Common Lean LNG storage and loading base at Berth 4 onto the Q-Flex LNG vessel, Al Khattiya, said a company statement.

The Common Lean LNG base was built to store LNG produced from the company’s six mega trains at Trains 4, 5, 6 and 7 and RasGas’s Trains 6 and 7, and to load Q-Flex and Q-Max ships in addition to conventional ships from Berths 4, 5 and 6. The base is also used to serve Qatargas ships at Berth 3 for customers in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatargas CEO said:

“This is indeed a remarkable milestone, not only for Qatargas, but also for Qatar’s LNG industry. This achievement further demonstrates the efficient and stable operations of our facilities and enhances our reputation as a reliable supplier of LNG worldwide. What makes this achievement even more significant is that it has been achieved without any Lost Time Incidents (LTI).”

The Common Lean LNG Storage and Loading Asset base was built less than three years after the first loading from the facility.

The Qatargas Q-Flex vessel, Al Hamla, was the first ship to load lean LNG from the base at Berth 4 on March 15 2009.

In October 2009, the Qatargas Q-Flex vessel, Al Kharaitiyat, became the first ship to load lean LNG from Berth 5 while the first ship to load lean LNG from Berth 6 was the RasGas Q-Flex vessel, Al Sahla, in February 2011.

The Common Lean storage and Loading base includes eight LNG tanks, each with a storage capacity of 140,000 cubic metres, four loading berths, and equipment to recover boil-off gas (BOG) from the tanks.

Established in 1984, Qatargas is the largest LNG producing company in the world today, with an annual production capacity of 42 million tonnes.