Posted on May 17, 2011

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) has received the first Qatargas-chartered vessel "Al Wakrah" to dry dock at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard, Qatar's new, world-class offshore and marine hub at the Port of Ras Laffan. "Al Wakrah", which is owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and managed by MOL LNG Transport Co., Ltd. (MOLLNG), will undergo general maintenance works such as main and generator turbine inspections, cargo pump overhauling, main switchboard and high voltage cargo switchboard maintenance, electric motor overhauling, main boiler cleaning, and hull painting at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard.

Backed by a highly-skilled workforce, N-KOM is well-positioned to undertake the repair, conversion and construction of a wide range of vessels and structures. "Al Wakrah" was built in 1998 and can carry up to 135,300 cubic meters of LNG. Undergoing routine maintenance works at N-KOM, the vessel is expected to dock in the yard for 21 days. Abdurrahman Mohamed Al-Mulla, Shipping Manager at Qatargas, said that "Qatar's new, world-class drydock facility is an asset to us as it allows us to have an excellent maintenance facility close to our own facilities. This will help reduce the time required for carrying out necessary maintenance works; thereby saving valuable time and effort, and ensuring that we continue to be able to reliably and efficiently serve our customers with LNG in all four corners of the world."

Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. known as "Nakilat", is a Qatari-listed shipping company established by the State of Qatar to own, operate and manage LNG vessels and to provide shipping and marine-related services to a range of participants within the Qatari hydrocarbon sector. Nakilat is an integral component of the supply chain of some of the largest, most advanced energy projects in the world undertaken by Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas, RasGas and their joint venture partners for the State of Qatar.

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