The first Qatargas vessel has delivered a cargo of 147,000 m3 of LNG to Indian Oil’s 5 million tpa Ennore LNG terminal in Kamarajar Port on the east coast of India.
The Q-Flex vessel, Al Nuaman, left Ras Laffan Port on 11 February 2021 and arrived at Ennore on 20 February. As well as being the first ship from Qatargas at the terminal, it is also the largest LNG vessel to call at the terminal so far.
The Ennore LMG terminal was commissioned in March 2019 with gas supplied by Qatargas and delivered by Swiss commodity trader Gunvor. It was developed as part of India’s efforts to double its regasification capacity to 56.5 million tpa by 2025 and improve access to gas in the country. The terminal can be used for LNG imports, storage, regasification and send-out, and has two 180,000 m3 above ground storage tanks and two 36” LNG transfer lines on the jetty, which can handle LNG vessels with a capacity of up to 266,000 m3.
Qatargas says that India is one of its key markets due to it geographical proximity and the growth potential, and that it has developed a strong partnership with the country since it began to supply LNG to Petronet in July 1999.
‘In addition to the Ennore Terminal, another LNG receiving terminal in Mundra, Gujarat, was commissioned by Qatargas in early 2020. The country is set to commission Jaigarh LNG receiving terminal in Maharashtra later this year, in addition to undertaking a host of other gas related infrastructure projects. These additional terminals will significantly increase India’s capacity to import LNG as the country continues to make strides in achieving its ambitious target of 15% gas in the energy mix,’ says Qatargas in a statement.