The initial delivery to the 5M tonnes per annum (mta) terminal near Chennai, India, comes two years after Qatargas helped to commission the terminal with the delivery of LNG volumes
Qatargas delivered the LNG cargo aboard Q-Flex vessel Al Nuaman, loaded with 147,000 m3 of LNG, calling at Ennore terminal near the southern Indian city of Chennai on 20 February and becoming the largest LNG carrier to call at the LNG terminal.
The cargo was delivered to Indian Oil LNG Private Limited, a subsidiary of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), which operates the 5-mta terminal.
In recent years, IOC has been active with purchases of spot cargoes from Qatargas, and in February 2019, Qatargas helped commission India’s Ennore terminal by supplying LNG volumes through Swiss commodity trader Gunvor.
Situated inside Kamarajar Port, approximately 40 km from the heart of Chennai City, Ennore terminal has two above-ground storage tanks, each with a capacity of 180,000 m3 and two 36-inch lines fitted along the jetty trestle that are used for transferring LNG unloaded from ship to the shore-based storage tanks. The jetty is capable of handling LNG vessels up to 266,000 m3 in capacity, and the terminal is dedicated for LNG import, storage, regasification and send-out.
Qatargas began supplying LNG to Petronet in India in July 1999. Since then it has delivered thousands of cargoes under its various long-term sales and purchase agreements as well as supplying significant volumes into the short-term and spot markets.
In a statement, Qatargas said India is a key market given its geographical proximity and growth potential. In addition to the Ennore terminal, another LNG receiving terminal in Mundra, Gujarat was commissioned by Qatargas in early 2020. The country is set to commission Jaigarh LNG receiving terminal in Maharashtra later this year, in addition to undertaking a host of other gas-related infrastructure projects. These additional terminals will significantly increase India’s capacity to import LNG to achieve its target of gas comprising 15% of India’s total energy mix.
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