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Doha, Qatar - 22 October 2012: A senior delegation headed by HE Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, recently visited Japan and South Korea. Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi, RasGas Company Limited's (RasGas) Managing Director accompanied the minister and the RasGas team gave Al Sada presentations on a range of business and construction activities being executed by engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies like Chiyoda, Japan Gas Company (JGC) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

One of the most significant projects reviewed was the Barzan Gas Project. The onshore portion of the Barzan Gas Project, which is being executed by JGC, is currently transitioning into its peak construction period which will involve more than 20,000 workers in Ras Laffan, Qatar. The offshore portion of the Barzan Gas Project, which is being executed by HHI, is proceeding on two major fronts with wellhead platform fabrication in progress in South Korea and pipeline installation in progress in Qatar.

"The Barzan Gas Project is strategically important for the State of Qatar as it will not only fuel major development projects but is also directly contributing to all four pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030 led by HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. RasGas is committed to the safe completion of this project within budget and on schedule," said Al Mohannadi, RasGas Managing Director and head of the RasGas delegation.

"Our focus is not only on the construction, development and operation of major ventures like this but we are also very committed to the development of people. The Barzan Gas Project involves a total of 32 Qatari Nationals participating in a long-term professional development programme in Ulsan, South Korea and Yokohama, Japan," he added.

When completed and fully operational, a major portion of the Barzan Gas will be used by the power and water generation sectors providing clean, natural gas to support several of Qatar's new projects that are underway, ranging from the new Doha International Airport to the 2022 World Cup infrastructure projects.

"We are proud that RasGas has been entrusted by shareholders, QP and ExxonMobil, to design, construct and operate one of the largest and technologically advanced gas projects in the region. This demonstrates the trust and confidence that RasGas has gained over the years and the excellent reputation it has maintained with its customers, stakeholders and contractors worldwide. This is the direct result of the hard work, dedication and commitment of RasGas’ staff and the great support received from Al Sada and our shareholders, QP and ExxonMobil. The first phase of the Barzan Project will be completed in 2014," said Al Mohannadi.

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