MADRID, April 7 Spanish gas distribution company
Enagas (ENAG.MC) on Monday said the largest liquid natural gas
(LNG) tanker ever to unload at a European terminal had tied up
at one of its regasification plants.
The 210,000 cubic metre "Q-flex" type vessel is the largest
of its type in the world and set sail from Qatar, from where
Spain imported some 53,000 gigawatt hours of natural gas last
year, or 13 percent of the total.
The tanker docked at Cartagena, in southeast Spain.
Spain produces virtually no natural gas and is a major
importer of LNG by tanker to regasification plants, and also
imports from Algeria by pipeline.
An Enagas statement added that previously, the largest LNG
tanker to tie up at one of its terminals had a capacity of
140,000 cubic metres.
Enagas owns three regasification plants in Spain and is
constructing a fourth.
The company expects to unload more LNG tankers in future,
mainly from Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria and the Gulf. It also
plans to expand regasification capacity to have a wider choice
In a separate statement, energy company Gas Natural (GAS.MC)
said it would take delivery of the LNG cargo at southeastern
The cargo was chartered by Qatargas, with whom Gas Natural
contracts to supply some 4 billion cubic metres a year. The gas
would be enough to run a 1,200 megawatt combined cycle power
plant owned by Gas Natural in Cartagena.
(Reporting by Martin Roberts; Editing by Margaret Orgill)