Reliance brings in another Q-Flex LNG cargo

Vol 15, PW 12 (15 Dec 11) Midstream & Downstream

Until May this year only two Q-Flex LNG cargoes had landed at Shell and Total’s Hazira LNG terminal in Gujarat in the recent past.

Then Reliance brought in six in a row, and made Q-Flex LNG tankers, among the largest in the world, a commonplace sight at Hazira. Reliance is expected to land its seventh Q-Flex cargo of 2011 at the Hazira LNG terminal on December 21 – this one from Qatar.

Earlier, on December 1, Reliance imported a 206,776 cubic metre LNG cargo at Hazira aboard 210,100-cubic metre capacity Q-Flex carrier Duhail. Shell International Trading Middle East (SITME) sourced the cargo for Reliance from Qatar Gas, we hear, and it was loaded onto 2006-Daewoo built Duhail on November 25 at the Qatar Petroleum-promoted Ras Laffan Port.

Duhail is owned by Hamburg-based ship operator Pronav but flies the Bahamas flag. It left Ras Laffan late in the afternoon on November 26 for its five-day voyage to Hazira, its first ever trip to India.

Measuring 315 metres from prow to stern, Duhail usually ferries Qatari LNG to the 15.6m t/y South Hook LNG terminal at Milford Haven in the UK. Reliance was the only company to import Q-Flex LNG cargoes this year.

Its first Q-Flex cargo arrived at Hazira on May 23. “This was also the first Q-Flex cargo to arrive in India in two years,” we hear.

Reliance then landed three more cargoes in July, August and September and another in November. Demand for LNG imports is expected to continue to grow in 2012, as gas production from Reliance’s D6 block continues to decline: it fell below 39m cm/d on December 2.

Reliance needs large gas quantities for its 60m t/y Jamnagar refinery and the Hazira, Dahej and Vadodara petrochemical complexes in Gujarat, not to mention the Patalganga and Nagothane complexes in Maharashtra.