The start-up of the 5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) LNG import terminal, delayed from September 2021, is crucial to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to boost natural gas use in the country’s energy mix to 15% from about 6% currently.
The Adani Group’s first LNG import terminal will boost gas use in India’s east, where the Dhamra project is only the second import terminal. The country’s five other import terminals are on its western coast.
Adani Total, in which French energy giant TotalEnergies SE has a 50% stake, said the Dhamra terminal expected safety checks and testing to be completed in February, adding that all key regulatory approvals have been achieved.
“The port infrastructure at Dhamra is ready to receive LNG cargoes at the Terminal per the contractual specifications,” an Adani Group spokeswoman said in an emailed response to questions late on Thursday.
India’s imports fell for a second consecutive year in 2022 after rising for seven years, data from analytics firm Kpler showed, with its appetite curbed by high prices due to Europe’s scramble for gas to replace supply from Russia.
However in January, as Asian LNG prices
It has a 20-year take-or-pay contract to provide regasification services to state-run Indian Oil Corp for 3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG and 1.5 mtpa for government-run gas distributor GAIL (India) Ltd.