Hazira LNG terminal

Vol 14, PW 7 (23 Sep 10) News in Brief

Shell should consider installing at least one more LNG ‘transfer’ arm at its Hazira LNG terminal in south Gujarat to avoid disruptions like the embarrassing one that took place last Thursday.

PETROWATCH learns tension filled the air at Hazira on the afternoon of September 16 when the nearly 70-tonne ‘liquid’ transfer arm malfunctioned, according to a source. This happened while unloading a Nigeria LNG cargo brought in by junior Hazira partner Total aboard tanker Gallina, meant for Reliance.

“There was a problem in the ‘hose’,” explains an industry source. Luckily, repairs on the arm were quickly carried out and unloading continued on September 17 (Friday).

Gallina then left early in the morning on September 18 (Saturday). An analyst tells us most LNG terminals worldwide usually have three liquid transfer arms but Hazira is dependent on two liquid transfer arms and one ‘vapour return’ arm.

Petronet LNG’s Dahej terminal by comparison has three liquid transfer arms and one vapour return arm.

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