UK Ambassador undertakes fact-finding visit to South Hook LNG Terminal

18 September 2012 London, United Kingdom

UK Ambassador undertakes fact-finding visit to South Hook LNG Terminal

The UK Ambassador to Qatar, Michael O’Neill, recently made a fact-finding visit to South Hook LNG Terminal in Wales. The visit was hosted by two companies; South Hook Gas, which imports LNG and manages the terminal’s capacity and commercial arrangements, and South Hook LNG - the company responsible for the operation of the terminal.

During his time there, the Ambassador learned about the important role that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has played in meeting the UK’s energy needs, with almost a quarter of the natural gas delivered to the UK in 2011 coming from Qatar.

After meeting members of the management teams of the two companies, the Ambassador was taken on a tour of the facility, based at the Port of Milford Haven, where operational reliability is underpinned by the highest of safety standards. The tour included an introduction to the terminal’s central control room, where the LNG and natural gas flows are managed, and viewing the jetty and unloading facilities.

Commenting on his visit, Michael O’Neill, UK Ambassador to Qatar said: “I was delighted to travel to South Wales to visit the South Hook LNG Terminal, having seen the other end of the supply chain at Ras Laffan in Qatar a few weeks ago. The terminal’s importance to UK energy security was reflected in the presence at its opening in 2009 of His Highness the Emir of Qatar and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. South Hook Terminal’s efficient, high-tech systems and environmentally-sensitive design, located in a spectacular part of the British coastline, are an excellent symbol of the flourishing partnership between the UK and Qatar.”

Rashid Al-Marri, General Manager of South Hook Gas said: “I’d like to thank The Ambassador for taking the time to visit South Hook LNG Terminal, particularly so soon after his appointment. His visit highlights the importance of the long-term relationship between Qatar and the UK.”

For more information about South Hook Gas, contact  

Daniel Schraibman        

Office: +44 20 7234 3510 / Mobile: +44 7787 418 664

For more information about South Hook LNG Terminal, visit or contact Mariam Dalziel Tel: +44 (0)1437 782202 or Carol Lewis Tel: +44 (0)1437 782077
Notes to editors

About South Hook Gas:

South Hook Gas is an LNG import company and terminal shipper, which owns and manages all of the regasification capacity at the South Hook LNG Terminal at Milford Haven in Wales.

Established in 2004 and based in London, South Hook Gas is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum International (70 per cent) and ExxonMobil (30 per cent).

About South Hook LNG

South Hook LNG Terminal is one of the largest LNG terminals in Europe and has the capacity to process up to 20% of UK natural gas demand.
South Hook LNG is formed through the partnerships of its three shareholders Qatar Petroleum International (67.5%), ExxonMobil (24.15%) and Total (8.35%).

Photo Caption:   Pictured:  Michael O’Neill, UK Ambassador to Qatar with members of the South Hook LNG Terminal and South Hook Gas management

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