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Qatar liquid gas plant shut down; probe under way

Qatar liquid gas plant shut down; probe under way

A Qatar official says investigators are trying to determine what caused a breakdown that has halted about a third of the country's liquefied natural gas output.
The Qatargas official says the country's Qatargas I plant has been shut since January 8, because of a "mechanical failure."
He says the plant's customers in Japan and Spain are "aware of what's going on."
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still ongoing. He says it's not known when supplies might resume. He added that Qatar is "waiting for the result of this investigation."
The stoppage comes at a time when natural gas supplies to much of Europe are constrained because of a dispute between Russia and Ukraine.