Register with us today

and in less than 60 seconds continue your access to:Latest news headlinesAnalytical topics and featuresCommodities videos, podcast & blogsSample market prices & dataSpecial reportsSubscriber notes & daily commodity email alerts

Already have an account?

Log in to register

Forgot Password

Please Note: Platts Market Center subscribers can only reset passwords via the Platts Market Center

Enter your Email ID below and we will send you an email with your password.


  • Email Address* Please enter email address.

If you are a premium subscriber, we are unable to send you your password for security reasons. Please contact the Client Services team.

If you are a Platts Market Center subscriber, to reset your password go to the Platts Market Center to reset your password.

In this list
Coal | LNG | Natural Gas | Oil | Petrochemicals

Qatargas using boil-off gas to unload LNG, starting in Japan

Metals | Steel | Raw Materials

The growing importance of ESG in the commodities space

LNG | Natural Gas | NGL

Platts LNG Alert

Oil | Refined Products | Fuel Oil | Shipping | Dry Freight | Marine Fuels | Tankers

Mediterranean Bunker Fuel Conference, 9th Annual

Natural Gas

Regulation 'unrelated' to Slovak-Ukraine maintenance issue: RONI

Qatargas using boil-off gas to unload LNG, starting in Japan

Dubai — Qatargas, the world's biggest LNG producer, said Monday it will use boil-off gas to power its chartered conventional LNG vessels, after a successful unloading in Japan.

Not registered?

Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience.

Register Now

The Al Jasra LNG vessel was used to start the boil-off program while discharging at the Niigata LNG Terminal in October 2019, Qatargas said. The program has the support of Japanese buyers, it added.

Prompted by IMO2020 rules that have placed severe limitations on the use of high-sulfur fuel oils, LNG vessel operators have looked to alternative methods to power their ships, including sulfur from the gas stream or a switch to very-low sulfur fuel oil, marine gasoil as well as LNG boil-off gas.

LNG tankers are designed to carry natural gas in liquid form at a temperature of minus 163 degrees C, which is close to the vaporization temperature. The natural evaporation, known as boil-off, is unavoidable and has to be removed from the tanks to maintain the cargo tank pressure.

Using the boil-off natural gas instead of conventional fuel oil reduces greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions over the course of the discharge operation, Qatargas said