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Italy’s Adriatic LNG re-gasification terminal, the world’s first offshore gravity-based structure, has received the first cargo from Qatar.
The first commissioning cargo of 102,000 tonnes of LNG (liquefied natural gas) from Qatar arrived at Italy’s new off-shore LNG import terminal Terminale GNL Adriatico (Adriatic LNG), which is owned by Qatar Terminal (45%), a Qatar Petroleum subsidiary, ExxonMobil Italiana Gas (45%) and Edison (10%).
“The arrival of the first LNG cargo marks a significant milestone in Qatar’s world-leading LNG business and reflects our successful collaboration with ExxonMobil,” said Saad al-Kaabi, director, Oil & Gas Ventures for Qatar Petroleum and chairman of Adriatic LNG.
The commissioning cargo will be used to cool the terminal to prepare it for commercial operations while the arrival of commercial stage cargoes was yet to be determined, Reuter’s news agency said, quoting an unnamed company source.

The terminal, which is at Porto Levante, Italy, utilises ExxonMobil proprietary technology and is designed around a large concrete structure, which houses two LNG storage tanks, a re-gasification plant, and facilities for mooring and unloading LNG vessels.
When it reaches full operational capacity later in 2009, the Adriatic LNG Terminal will be able to deliver 775mn cubic feet of natural gas per day (8bn cubic metres per year), or approximately 10% of Italy’s current natural gas requirements.
“ExxonMobil is proud to partner with Qatar Petroleum and Edison in developing the Adriatic LNG Terminal that will increase Italy’s LNG import capacity and provide cleaner-burning natural gas to help meet consumer demand”, said Alex Dodds, president and general manager, ExxonMobil Qatar.
Through advanced technologies, project execution expertise, and economies of scale, ExxonMobil is extending its ability to bring global LNG supplies to Italy and elsewhere around the world, he said.
“The Adriatic LNG Terminal will further expand Qatar’s global reach and provide a diverse and secure energy supply for Italy,” said al-Kaabi.


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