India’s GAIL Gets Biggest LNG Cargo in Dabhol to Restart Plant
GAIL India Ltd., India’s biggest gas-marketing company, has imported the largest liquefied natural gas shipment at Dabhol in western India to restart the terminal after it was shut in May for monsoon rains.
The 154,000 cubic meters of LNG, purchased from BG Group, arrived at the Dabhol terminal on Oct. 8, GAIL said in an e-mailed reply to questions. Two more spot cargoes are expected at Dabhol this month, the company said.
The Dabhol terminal, south of Mumbai in the western state of Maharashtra, has been operating at 60 percent of its 5 million tons-a-year capacity as its lacks infrastructure such as a breakwater. The barrier, built out into the sea to protect a harbor from the force of waves, allows shipments through the year and is needed to receive tankers in times of monsoon when the sea is turbulent.
Dabhol LNG terminal is operated by Ratnagiri Gas & Power Pvt., in which GAIL andNTPC Ltd., India’s largest electricity generator, own 25.51 percent each, according to the company’s website.