Doha-based Qatargas has supplied a commissioning liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo for India’s newest LNG receiving terminal, Mundra, it said in a statement. 

On January 17, the LNG producer loaded the cargo in Ras Laffan on the Q-Flex LNG vessel, Murwab, (which has an overall cargo carrying capacity of 216,000 cubic metres). It arrived at Mundra terminal on 22 January 2020.

This followed an earlier commissioning cargo, which was delivered by the company in February of last year to the Ennore LNG receiving terminal, which is near the south Indian city of Chennai.

The Mundra terminal is located in Adani Ports and Special Economic zone in the Kutch district of the western Indian state of Gujarat. Its nominal capacity is five million tonnes of LNG per annum (Mtpa), and it can receive vessels with a capacity between 75,000 cubic metres and 260,000 cubic metres. It is made up of two storage tanks, which each have an overall capacity of 160,000 cubic metres. 

Elsewhere in India, Qatargas started supplying LNG to Petronet in July 1999 – it has now delivered over 2,000 cargoes under its various long-term sales and purchase agreements since then, and has also supplied what it described as “significant volumes” into the short term and spot markets.

It added: “India is a key market for Qatargas given its geographical proximity and growth potential. Upcoming developments such as new terminals and other gas related infrastructure will increase India’s capacity to import LNG from 30 Mtpa to 44 Mtpa – a 46 per cent increase as India continues to make strides in achieving its ambitious target of 15 per cent gas in the energy mix.”

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6th February 2020