LNG cargoes stream into Dahej and Hazira

Vol 15, PW 14 (26 Jan 12) Midstream & Downstream

Accelerating plans to increase Dahej capacity are reflected in terminal activity which continues to see a steady stream of spot LNG cargoes.

GAIL kicked off 2012 with two cargoes from Egypt. On January 17, it landed a 138,520-cubic metre cargo sourced through Japanese trader Marubeni from Spain’s Union Fenosa Damietta liquefaction facility in Egypt.

This is the sixth Marubeni cargo GAIL has received under a 24-cargo deal inked in October 2010, arriving aboard 140,624-cubic meter capacity LNG tanker Galicia Spirit on her second trip to India. Spirit was loaded at Damietta - located near Port Said - on December 30 and left for Dahej the same day.

Flying the Spanish flag, Galicia Spirit is owned and operated by Vancouver-based Teekay Corporation and usually ferries LNG between Egypt and Spain. A week earlier on January 10, GAIL landed a 151,136-cubic metre cargo sourced from GDF Suez from BG-promoted Egyptian LNG.

This cargo was loaded onto LNG tanker GDF Suez Point Fortin at the Idku liquefaction facility in Egypt on December 25. Flying the Panama flag, Point Fortin set sail for Dahej the next day.

Reliance has also been busy, with a 206,171-cubic metre LNG cargo reaching the Hazira LNG terminal on January 21 aboard Shell-owned 216,000-cubic metre capacity Q-Flex tanker Al Bahiya sourced through Shell International Trading Middle East from Qatar Gas. Thirteen days earlier on January 8, Reliance landed a 151,081-cubic metre cargo aboard 154,200-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker Trinity Glory, also sourced from SITME, but this time from the Nigeria LNG facility at Bonny Island.

Reliance also landed a 206,929-cubic metre LNG cargo at Hazira on January 3 aboard Q-Flex tanker Al Ghariya.