Repsol on Thursday received its first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatargas under a multi-year agreement at the Canaport LNG terminal in Saint John, NB. The nearly 6 trillion Btu cargo arrived on a Q-Max LNG tanker, the largest LNG tanker in the world.

Under the supply agreement Qatargas is to deliver LNG to Canaport using both Q-Flex and Q-Max ships, which have capacity to carry the equivalent of approximately 5.6 and 4.6 Bcf, respectively. The agreement was announced last fall (see Daily GPI, Oct. 8).

The arrival of the Q-Max marks the berthing of Canaport LNG's 37th ship, including three Q-Flexes, received at the terminal since its commissioning in June, 2009, Repsol said. The terminal has received LNG from Trinidad and Tobago, Egypt, Norway, Peru and Qatar.

Repsol has delivered more than 100 Bcf of gas to the Northeast U.S. since Canaport LNG opened its facility in September 2009.

Canaport LNG is the first land-based LNG receiving and regasification facility to be built in over 30 years on North America's Atlantic coast and the first in Canada.

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