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RasGas Said to Shut No. 6 Liquefaction Plant for Maintenance

Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Co., the Qatari LNG producer, shut its No. 6 liquefaction plant last week for maintenance, according to two people with knowledge of the work.

The halt will last about one month, said the people, who declined to be identified because the information is confidential. RasGas, as the venture between state-run Qatar Petroleum and Exxon Mobil Corp. is known, said in an e-mail today that the company doesn’t comment on shutdowns.

RasGas’s sixth plant, or train, is among the six largest in the world, each capable of liquefying 7.8 million metric tons of natural gas a year and located in the Persian Gulf emirate. Gas from the sixth train is sold to companies including India’s Petronet LNG Ltd., Korea Gas Investments Co., Chevron Corp., Sempra Energy and Statoil ASA, according to data from the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers.

The shutdown coincides with those of the fourth and fifth trains at Qatar Liquefied Gas Co., another of the emirate’s LNG producers. The three trains represent 30 percent of Qatar’s 77 million-ton-a-year liquefaction capacity.

Qatar, the world’s biggest LNG producer, started its 14th train early last year and doesn’t plan to build any additional plants.

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