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The Peninsula (Doha): First RasGas LNG delivery reaches Mexico

Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited (RasGas) made its first delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the shores of Qatar to Mexico on October 8, a press release issued by RasGas said yesterday.

This historical event followed a spot sale to Shell Western LNG B V by Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited (II).

The LNG cargo was loaded on board the LNG tanker Fuwairit, and departed from Ras Laffan, on September 16, the press release added.

The voyage of 22 days over a distance of 9,915 nautical miles was routed through the Suez Canal and the Straits of Gibraltar to the Terminal de LNG de Altamira, Mexico.

Terminal de LNG de Altamira is the first LNG receiving terminal in Mexico and came into operation only in August of this year.

At a distance equivalent to 18,363 kilometres this is the longest distance any RasGas LNG carrier has sailed, or RasGas LNG has travelled.

Nasser Al Nami, RasGas Commercial and Shipping Manager, said: “This delivery of LNG from RasGas to Altamira, Mexico, marks a milestone in the development of our vision to be the pacesetter in the LNG industry and enhances our reputation as a world renowned LNG supplier that delivers on time, every time.”

The Fuwairit is RasGas’ first dedicated ship, and was delivered to RasGas on January 13, 2004 by the owners Camartina Shipping Inc.

The vessel was built in the Samsung Heavy Industries, Korea, and has a cargo capacity of 138,000m3.

Since delivery, the Fuwairit has made 32 cargo deliveries from Ras Laffan to RasGas’ customers in the Far East and Europe. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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