March 17, 2009 / 12:30 PM / 10 years ago

UPDATE 1-First LNG tanker to dock at UK's South Hook Friday

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LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) - Qatar’s Tembek liquefied natural gas tanker is expected to arrive at Britain’s South Hook LNG terminal on Friday, according to the website of the Milford Haven Port Authority.

The Q-Flex tanker is due to deliver the first commissioning cargo of super-cooled gas to the terminal in Milford Haven, south Wales.

“Milford Haven Port Authority has received confirmation from South Hook LNG that LNG carrier ‘Tembek’ will be arriving at the port on or about Friday March 20,” the authority said on its website in a statement on Monday.

South Hook, one of two new LNG terminals at Milford Haven, is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil (XOM.N) and France’s Total (TOTF.PA).

Earlier on Tuesday, Malaysia’s state oil firm Petronas [PETR.UL], a key shareholder in the nearby Dragon LNG import project, said the terminal would be commissioned by mid-2009. [ID:nKLR421439]

Dragon LNG — a joint venture in which BG Group BG.L has a 50 percent stake, Petronas has a stake of 30 percent and Netherland’s 4Gas holds 20 percent — had originally been scheduled to open before last winter.

Britain has two operational LNG terminals. The two new facilities in Wales have been built to help keep the country, which relies heavily on gas for heating and power generation, supplied with fuel as its own production declines rapidly. (Reporting by Daniel Fineren; editing by James Jukwey)

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