Reliance imports another massive LNG cargo

Vol 15, PW 6 (22 Sep 11) Midstream & Downstream

Reliance set another record on September 21 when it landed a 216,000-cubic metre spot LNG cargo at the Hazira LNG terminal in Gujarat, operated by Shell and Total.

PETROWATCH learns this LNG cargo, the largest ever to come in at Hazira, arrived in the morning aboard Q-Flex LNG tanker Al-Gattara, flying the Marshall Islands flag. Reliance bought the ‘full capacity’ Q-Flex LNG cargo from Shell International Trading Middle East (SITME), which in turn sourced it from Qatar Gas.

Owned by Qatar’s Nakilat and New York-based OSG, Al-Gattara is hired to Qatar Gas on a long-term contract. Measuring 315-metres from prow to stern, this Hyundai-built tanker can carry 40% more LNG than a standard-sized vessel and boasts advanced technology like an on-board ‘re-liquefaction plant’, which cools ‘boil-off gas’ from LNG tanks and converts it back to liquid form.

It is also famous for being the first ever Q-Flex tanker to deliver LNG to Japan. Earlier, on September 7, Reliance landed another Q-Flex tanker at Hazira with a 143,509-cubic metre spot cargo, sourced from Qatar-based RasGas through SITME.

This cargo arrived aboard 210,174-cubic metre capacity tanker Murwab, flying the Marshall Islands flag. Murwab was loaded at Ras Laffan Port in Qatar on September 1 and set sail for Hazira on September 2.

On September 10, Reliance landed a 143,470-cubic metre spot cargo at Hazira aboard LNG carrier Oyo, flying the Bermuda flag. Reliance sourced this cargo through Shell Western LNG B.

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It was loaded onto Oyo at a liquefaction facility at Bonny Island in Nigeria on August 19, before the ship set sail for Hazira on August 20. Owned and operated by Norwegian company BW Gas, Oyo left Hazira sometime in the evening on September 11.

Since January 1 this year, gas-hungry Reliance has imported 2.14m cubic metres of LNG into India in 13 cargoes.