LNG News Editor:
Two years after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first Indian East Coast liquefied natural gas import terminal at Kamarajar Port, also known as Ennore, Qatargas has delivered its first and largest commercial cargo as the terminal seeks to boost its capacity utilisation, currently under 12 percent.
Qatargas said the 210,000 cubic metres capacity Q-Flex vessel, the “Al Nuaman”, recently discharged 147,000 cubic metres of LNG at the terminal, located 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of the city of Chennai.
“The cargo was delivered to Indian Oil LNG Private Limited, a subsidiary of Indian Oil Corp., which operates the 5 million tonnes per annum terminal,” said Qatargas.
Qatargas had helped commission the East Coast terminal with a February 2019 delivery before the opening of the facility at the start of March 2019 by PM Modi.
The Kamarajar Port terminal has two storage tanks, each with capacity of 180,000 cubic metres, and two 36-inch lines fitted along the jetty trestle that are used for transferring LNG unloaded from ship to the storage tanks.
The Indian Ministry of Oil and Natural Gas issues monthly data for regasification capacity use at each terminal and in the latest numbers, the largest terminal Dahej, owned by Petronet LNG, had the highest utilization at an average of 95.8 percent while Kamarajar had the lowest at 11.9 percent.
The first East Coast terminal is aiming to supply more natural gas to the fertilizers industry in the Manali area of the state of Tamil Nadu.
“India is a key market for Qatargas given its geographical proximity and growth potential,” said Qatargas.
“In addition to the Ennore Terminal, another LNG receiving terminal in Mundra, Gujarat state, was commissioned by Qatargas LNG in early 2020,” it noted.
“The country is set to commission the Jaigarh LNG receiving terminal in Maharashtra later this year, in addition to undertaking a host of other gas related infrastructure projects,” added Qatargas.