Spot LNG cargoes begin landing again at Dahej

Vol 15, PW 22 (17 May 12) Midstream & Downstream

Petronet-LNG’s regasification terminal in Gujarat has begun receiving spot LNG deliveries again, as overcapacity at its four R-LNG storage tanks eases.

Since early May, Dahej’s R-LNG send out has risen back up towards a healthy 29m cm/d, from around 20m cm/d. “Dahej R-LNG evacuation is fast returning to normal,” says a GAIL source.

“Spot cargo arrivals at the terminal are also normalising.” Dahej stopped receiving spot cargoes from April 19, as summer maintenance shutdowns by fertiliser producers hit R-LNG demand.

But after a gap of nearly a month, Petronet-LNG landed a 144,341.678-cubic metre Algerian cargo at the terminal on May 12. This was the second Algerian cargo to come in at Dahej in 2012.

It arrived aboard 145,000-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker Lalla Fatma N’Soumer, on her first India visit. N’Soumer is owned by Bahamas-registered Algerian Nippon Gas Transport and operated by Algiers-based Hyproc Shipping Company, a subsidiary of Algerian government-owned Sonatrach.

Flying the Bahamas flag, the 2004 Kawasaki-built LNG carrier was loaded at Bethioua in western Algeria on April 17 before setting sail for Dahej. Petronet-LNG’s strategic partner Gaz de France, which holds a 10% stake at Dahej, sourced the May 12 cargo from Sonatrach.

Petronet-LNG has till date landed nine spot cargoes in 2012, a total of 1.26m-cubic metres LNG. Shell imported a massive Q-Flex cargo on May 11 at its Hazira LNG terminal.

The 206,011-cubic metre cargo was sourced from Hazira junior partner Total and brought in aboard Q-flex LNG tanker Al-Khattiya, on its second trip to India. Total sourced the cargo from Qatar Gas, where it is a stakeholder.

Shell has brought in 368,686-cubic metres of LNG this year, spread over two cargoes.