Third Q-Flex carrier lands at Hazira for Reliance

Vol 15, PW 4 (25 Aug 11) Midstream & Downstream

Reliance’s growing appetite for LNG imports is almost as large as the massive Q-Flex LNG tanker which landed at Shell’s Hazira LNG terminal in Gujarat earlier this month.

PETROWATCH learns Reliance landed a 213,111-cubic metre LNG cargo at Hazira on August 4, aboard Q-Flex tanker Al Kharsaah, owned by Vancouver-based Teekay Shipping. From Hazira, the R-LNG will flow through Gujarat Petronet’s pipeline network to Reliance’s 1.24m b/d twin refinery complex at Jamnagar and three petrochemical complexes at Vadodara, Dahej and Hazira.

Flying the Bahamas flag, Samsung-built Al Kharsaah was loaded with the Reliance cargo at Ras Laffan port in Qatar on July 30. It’s the first time the 217,000-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker has come to India, as it usually travels between Qatar and the US.

Reliance previously landed Q-Flex LNG cargoes at Hazira on May 23 and July 19 this year, sourced through Shell International Trading Middle East (SITME) from Qatar Gas. But its latest Q-Flex cargo has come from Qatar’s RasGas.

On August 19, Reliance also landed a 145,909-cubic metre LNG cargo at Hazira, sourced from SITME and Qatar Gas. This cargo arrived aboard LNG tanker Clean Power, which has a 150,000-cubic metre capacity and is owned by Cyprus-based Lance Shipping.

Flying the Marshall Islands flag, Clean Power was loaded at Ras Laffan on August 15 for its first trip to India. After unloading the Reliance cargo, the ship left Hazira sometime in the evening on August 20.

Two more cargoes for Reliance are expected at Hazira in September. Shell meanwhile imported a tiny LNG cargo on July 23 - just 57,179-cubic metres! This cargo, imported from Abu Dhabi Gas and sourced through SITME, arrived at Hazira aboard 137,250-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker Sohar LNG, flying the Panama flag.

“Shell must have got itself a good deal or it wouldn’t have brought in such a tiny cargo” comments an industry source.