India’s Top Gas Utility Seeks to Defer Gazprom LNG Contract
GAIL India Ltd. is seeking to defer a 20-year contract to buy liquefied natural gas from Gazprom PJSC until
the Russian company’s Shtokman project begins production, officials at the South Asian country’s biggest
gas transporter said.
New Delhi-based GAIL signed a contract in 2012 to buy 2.5 million metric tons a year of LNG from
Gazprom starting in 2018 and 2019. The Russian exporter was to supply LNG from the Shtokman project
under the contract, according to GAIL’s website.
Now that the Arctic project is on hold, Gazprom has offered to supply LNG from other sources, said the
GAIL officials, who asked not to be identified citing company policy. The Indian company is insisting on
supplies from Shtokman and has said it will consider lifting LNG from other sources at a renegotiated
price that is closer to spot-market rates, the officials said.
Gazprom didn’t immediately comment.
GAIL is struggling to find buyers for its gas amid an abundance of cheap alternative power generation
supplies, including coal. The price of spot LNG to Asia during the past year has fallen 28 percent amid a
Reuters earlier reported GAIL was seeking to delay the gas purchase deal with Gazprom.