Hazira LNG frenzy

Vol 14, PW 14 (13 Jan 11) News in Brief
     

Shell and Total’s Hazira LNG terminal is about to witness its busiest year ever.

Early on January 2, the Daewoo-built 210,100-cubic metre capacity Q-Flex LNG carrier Al-Nuaman, flying the Marshall Islands flag, discharged a cargo of 139,787.804-cubic metres before returning to Qatar. Al-Nuaman is the first of four cargoes a month expected at Hazira this year.

Managed by Qatari shipping company Nakilat and Shell International Trading and Shipping Company (STASCO), it was bought by Shell International Trading Middle East (SITME) from Qatar Gas and loaded at Ras Laffan port. Most of the R-LNG is for Reliance, which has two refineries in Gujarat, petrochemical complexes at Hazira, Vadodara and Dahej, as well as at Patalganga and Nagothane in Maharashtra; the rest is for Essar, which has two power stations at Hazira.

With Al-Nuaman, Shell has so far discharged 116 LNG cargoes at Hazira since the terminal was commissioned in April 2005; in the next 12 months it will see another 47.