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RasGas signs long-term LNG agreement with CPC


Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited 3 (RL3) has entered into a new long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) sales and purchase agreement (SPA) with Taiwan state-owned energy company CPC Corporation, Taiwan (CPC).

Second long-term SPA

Under the terms of the SPA, RL 3 will deliver 1.5 million tonnes per annum (Mta) of Qatari LNG for 20 years starting in 2013, in addition to incremental volumes from 2012 to 2016. This agreement is the second long-term SPA between a RasGas venture and CPC. It complements an existing SPA, under which deliveries commenced in 2008 for the supply of 3 Mta of LNG for a period of 25 years.

The agreement was signed during the 20th World Petroleum Congress (WPC) by HE Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry for the State of Qatar, and Chairman of RasGas and RL 3, and Mr Shao-Hua Chu, Chairman of CPC.

Fuel of choice

Dr Al Sada said: “This latest agreement with our long-time partner, CPC, is a perfect example of how Qatari LNG producing ventures continue to respond to our customer needs through the capabilities and flexibility they have. I am pleased to note that natural gas is and will continue to be the fuel of choice to meet rapidly expanding and long-term energy requirements in Asia and world-wide, due to its environmental benefits, safety and reliability. This agreement is also a continuing demonstration of RasGas’ capabilities and flexibility to meet market demand.”

Strong ties

“Qatar and Taiwan have long enjoyed a good relationship and this agreement is further evidence of these strong ties and another milestone for long-term security of LNG supply to Taiwan.  In addition to LNG, I believe that Qatar and Taiwan can expand the cooperative relationship in more areas of mutual interests,” stated Mr Shao-Hua Chu.