Spot LNG cargoes pour into Dahej and Hazira

Vol 15, PW 23 (31 May 12) Midstream & Downstream

Petronet-LNG and GSPC together landed four LNG cargoes at Dahej in the last fifteen days while Reliance landed a Q-Flex cargo at Hazira.

Petronet-LNG brought in its eleventh cargo of 2012 at its 10m t/y Dahej terminal on May 26, aboard 145,622-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker Methane Rita Andrea. Flying the Bermuda flag, Andrea was loaded at Bonny Island on May 6 with a 136,929-cubic metre cargo from Nigeria LNG.

This 2006 Samsung-built yet BG-owned tanker last came to India in October 2010. Earlier, Petronet-LNG brought in a spot cargo on May 20 aboard 137,248-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker Sohar LNG.

Petronet-LNG sourced the 134,740-cubic metre cargo through Spain’s Gas Natural from Nigeria LNG. Sohar, which flies the Panama flag, was loaded at Bonny Island on May 2.

It is a 2001 Mitsubishi-Nagasaki built tanker owned by Oman Gas and Mitsui OSK Lines, and usually ferries LNG from Oman to France. This was Sohar’s first trip to India in 2012, after making two visits last year.

Meanwhile, GSPC also landed two cargoes in quick succession at Dahej. It brought in a 135,517-cubic metre Gazprom cargo on May 27 aboard LNG tanker LNG Pioneer, flying the Bahamas flag and on its first trip to India.

Gazprom in turn sourced the cargo from Egyptian LNG through GDF Suez. Pioneer, a 2005 Daewoo-built LNG carrier with a 138,000-cubic metre capacity, was loaded at Egypt on May 11.

It is owned and operated by Mitsui OSK Lines. Finally, GSPC brought in its fourth cargo of 2012 from RasGas on May 19.

On its maiden trip to India, LNG tanker Al Jassasiya brought in the 140,020-cubic metre cargo. Operated by Athens-based Maran Gas Maritime, the 145,700-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker was built by Daewoo in 2007.