India stays on track to meet 2012 forecast LNG import total of about 15 million tonnes

Monday, 05 November 2012

Cargo deliveries to the Royal Dutch Shell-owned Hazira import terminal, located north of Mumbai, amounted to around 225,000 tonnes and the Petronet LNG-owned Dahej terminal in the same region of Gujarat made up the balance, according to data from the facilities.

India is striving to boost LNG infrastructure as its energy requirements soar and is scheduled to open two new import terminals at Kochi in the state of Kerala and Dabhol, south of Mumbai, early in 2013.

However, both facilities will operate below capacity for around two years because of problems with other infrastructure.

The Kochi LNG main pipeline connections have still to be completed. Land-related problems have delayed the pipelines linking the Kochi terminal with industrial customers in Bangalore and Mangalore.

Kochi will now be commissioned with only one 45-kilimetres of a pipeline link to local customers around the southern port. It will then operate at full capacity by 2014 when 5 MTPA of LNG imports will be possible.

The Dabhol LNG caught up in the collapse of US energy giant Enron in the 2000s, will finally be commissioned in February next year.

The Dabhol facility, not far from the Hazira and Dahej terminals, was mechanically completed two years ago but the port still lacks a breakwater and the berthing facilities are still being brought up to standard. Eventually it will be able to handle 5 MTPA of LNG.

India also has three other projects planned for its east coast, including Floating LNG import facilities.