India receives first 'Q-Max' LNG carrier

Vol 18, PW 5 (23 Oct 14) News in Brief

Petronet-LNG is preparing to receive India’s first 260,000-cubic metre capacity Q-Max LNG tanker on November 30.

Expected for IndianOil under its March 2014 one-year contract with IndianOil for 800,000 tonnes, Petronet-LNG will receive the cargo at its newly-constructed 2.5-km long second jetty at Dahej, commissioned in March this year with three LNG unloading arms, one vapour return arm and two 30-inch unloading lines with a 10,000-cubic metre/hour flow rate - the only jetty in India that can receive Q-Max cargoes. “To receive a Q-Max at Dahej is a matter of great pride,” says a Dahej source.

“Not only for us but for the whole country.” Till date, the biggest LNG tankers to berth at Dahej and Hazira terminals have been the 216,000-cubic metre capacity Q-Flex tankers.

Reliance alone has imported 17 Q-Flex cargoes in this calendar year. Shell-affiliate STASCO is operator for all 14 Q-Max tankers owned by Nakilat and chartered to Qatargas and RasGas.