QatarEnergy names first carrier of its LNG expansion’s fleet ‘Rex Tillerson’

QatarEnergy names first carrier of its LNG expansion’s fleet ‘Rex Tillerson’

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By QLNews

QatarEnergy has named the first LNG carrier — to be delivered as part of its new LNG fleet expansion programme — ‘Rex Tillerson,’ in recognition of the former Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Corporation, who also served as the 69th US Secretary of State.

During his 10-year term as ExxonMobil’s Chairman and CEO, Tillerson oversaw the consolidation of relations with Qatar and its energy sector. It resulted in strategic partnerships and significant investments in Qatar’s LNG industry.

Even while making his mark on the global energy scene, he concurrently assumed a pivotal role in initiating and overseeing the implementation of landmark energy projects in Qatar.

The ‘Rex Tillerson,’ currently under construction at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in China as part of a 12-ship construction programme, is expected to be pressed into service in September this year.

It is part of first batch of orders from China in QatarEnergy’s massive LNG shipbuilding programme. The new fleet will be equipped with the latest maritime technology, ensuring optimal operational efficiency and compliance with the most stringent environmental regulations.

“This announcement is a testament to the remarkable achievements of an exceptional energy visionary, a man whose legacy will continue to be felt in Qatar for decades,” said Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs HE Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, who is also President and CEO of QatarEnergy.

“It’s our honor to name the first LNG carrier built as part of our new fleet in his name, a tribute to his life-long accomplishments and a symbol of a special relationship,” added Al Kaabi.

“I’m deeply honoured that QatarEnergy is recognizing my long history with the development of Qatar’s natural gas resources and the country’s establishment as the leading supplier of liquefied natural gas to fuel economies around the world. It’s been very gratifying to be a part of this success story,” said Tillerson.

Under Rex Tillerson’s leadership, ExxonMobil’s partnerships in Qatar covered a wide spectrum of landmark projects such as the Qatargas 2 and RasGas 3 mega-LNG trains, the Al Khaleej and Barzan Gas Projects, the Helium 1 and 2 projects, the Laffan Condensate Refinery, and the South Hook (UK), Adriatic (Italy) and Golden Pass (USA) LNG terminals.

One notable achievement between QatarEnergy and ExxonMobil during Tillerson’s tenure was the development of the industry’s largest-class LNG carriers, namely Q-Max (265,000 cubic meters) and Q-Flex (210,000 cubic meters).

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