Doha – Qatar: Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatargas), reached a significant milestone when it loaded the 10,000th cargo of helium from its Helium-2 plant, further demonstrating Qatar’s position as one of the leading helium producers and exporters in the world, with a proven record for safety, reliability and quality.
Qatargas is the operator of Qatar’s helium production, storage and loading facilities located in Ras Laffan. Currently it operates Helium 1 and 2 plants, which have a combined production capacity of 2.2 billion standard cubic feet (bscf) per year. With the start of the Helium-3 plant in 2021, Qatargas will account for approximately 35% of world helium production with an overall production capacity of 2.6 bscf per year.
Qatargas’ Helium 2 Plant, which is the largest helium production facility in the world, started production in June 2013 and the 5000th cargo from Helium 2 was loaded in May 2017. Qatargas also operates the Helium 1 plant, which started production in September 2005.
Helium has high value applications in science, medicine and high-tech industries, including semiconductors, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), space exploration and fibre optics. Global demand for helium is forecasted by the industry to continue to grow at 2-3% per annum.
Qatargas, established in 1984, pioneered the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry in Qatar and today is the largest producer of LNG in the world with an annual production capacity of 77 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) from its world-class facilities in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar. Since the first production in 1996, Qatargas has successfully delivered cargos to 31 countries and is committed to meeting the world’s demand for safe, reliable and clean energy. Through its operational excellence, Qatargas is adding value to its production chain, contributing to the Qatari economy and Qatar’s National Vision 2030 to ensure efficient energy supplies for the country, creating new markets and contributing to the local community. In addition to the LNG facilities, Qatargas operates the Jetty Boil-Off Gas facility, Al Khaleej Gas, Barzan Gas, two Helium Plants, the two Laffan Refineries (among the largest condensate refineries in the world), and the Ras Laffan Terminal on behalf of all shareholders.
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