Dahej overcapacity led to spot import shut-down

Vol 15, PW 20 (19 Apr 12) Midstream & Downstream

Petronet-LNG’s 10m t/y Dahej terminal in Gujarat was forced to stop taking spot LNG cargoes for nearly a month when a seasonal drop in R-LNG demand led to overcapacity at its four storage tanks.

“Dahej’s four tanks (each with a 148,000-cubic metre capacity) are full,” confirms a Petronet-LNG source. “Outflow of R-LNG has slowed down because of mandatory summer maintenance shutdowns by some customers.

” Dahej’s R-LNG ‘send out rate’, he adds, has dropped from its standard 29m cm/d to about 25m cm/d. As a result, no spot cargoes were brought in at the terminal between March 25 and April 17.

However, Qatar-based RasGas continued to supply its regular 7.5m t/y of long-term LNG to Dahej even during the lull. Petronet-LNG resumed spot imports on April 17 when it landed a 135,217-cubic metre cargo sourced from Nigeria LNG through Spanish company Gas Natural.

Petronet-LNG’s cargo arrived aboard Madrid-based Elcano-operated Castillo De Villalba which was loaded at Bonny Island in Nigeria on March 29. Petronet-LNG last brought in a spot cargo from Nigeria LNG on March 25.

Meanwhile, Dahej’s other main importers GAIL and GSPC have no plans to bring in more LNG cargoes until mid-May. “Even if I bring in a cargo where can I store it” questions a GAIL source.

Down south at Shell and Total’s Hazira terminal, Reliance landed a 205,956-cubic metre cargo aboard massive Q-Flex LNG tanker Al Sadd on April 14. This was Reliance’s eleventh cargo of the year.

Samsung-built Al Sadd, with a 210,000-cubic metre capacity, is owned by Nakilat but operated by Shell. It was loaded at Ras Laffan Port in Qatar on April 3 before setting sail for Hazira on April 4.