Petronet-LNG ships LNG from Kochi to Dahej

Vol 19, PW 13 (10 Mar 16) Midstream & Downstream

After its plans to try refuelling LNG ships at Kochi had few takers, Petronet-LNG has now hit on another rather desperate way to try and utilise the stranded 5m t/y terminal in Kerala.

Earlier this month (March) Petronet-LNG carried out India's first 'coast to coast' reload when it transferred LNG lying in Kochi's tanks to an LNG carrier and transported this to its Dahej terminal in Gujarat. Panama-flagged LNG tanker Salalah first arrived at Dahej on February 26 carrying a long-term BG cargo for GSPC from Oman LNG.

After completing the discharge, Salalah went to Kochi where it berthed on March 2. It was loaded with 18,131 tonnes of LNG of the 55,000 tonnes lying in Kochi's twin tanks, each with a 182,000 cubic metre capacity.

Salalah then left for Dahej and arrived there in the afternoon on March 6. "I see this as a new trend," says an industry source.

He believes Petronet-LNG has carried out this pilot to work out the costs of such coast to coast reloads. "Remember Kochi must prepare soon to receive cargoes from the Gorgon facility (in Australia)," we hear.

Kochi will begin taking 480,000 t/y from mid-2016 under its JCC-linked 20-year deal with ExxonMobil, which will ramp up by 2018 to 1.44m t/y. The only way to deal with these gas quantities might be to send reloads to Dahej, from where the gas can be piped to customers.