RIL-Hazira LNG sign a two year pact

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of the ever so dynamic Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has decided to sign a two year pact with Hazira LNG Pvt Ltd, to import a spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) from April onwards.
Recently, BP- world’s largest energy enterprise- announced its joint venture with Reliance Industries whereby it would acquire a 30% stake in 23 of Reliance’s oil and gas exploration blocks in India and as part of this deal, the two firms have decided to form an equal joint venture for sourcing and marketing of gas. Although, it is not clear whether the LNG cargoes from Hazira LNG will be imported as a part this joint venture or by Reliance Industries alone; but an indispensable requirement of the same is incontrovertible.
As the present state of things goes, Reliance is in need for LNG cargo for its processes and units located in Jamnagar, Gujarat. This refining complex can process 1.24 million barrels per day – making it the world’s biggest petrochemical and energy producing plant. In order to continue the functions at the estimated rate, Reliance needs additional cargo of gas, as its D6 production block gas is allocated to other companies. Thereby, Reliance is set to import regassified LNG equivalent to a spot cargo at an estimated 3.6 million tonne a year from the Hazira terminal on the west coast starting April this year.
Shell Gas, via its Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary, owns a 74% stake in Hazira LNG, while Total Gaz Electricite France, a unit of France’s Total, holds the remainder.
The RIL-BP joint venture, set to commence its functioning within next six months, will seek to meet the growing demand for fuel in the world’s second-fastest growing economy. According to BP’s Energy Outlook 2030, India’s daily gas consumption in 2010, estimated at 6.1 billion cubic feet (bcf) is expected to surpass15 bcf mark by 2030.
There is a mounting anticipation to produce energy products at a faster pace, and Reliance’s dealings with BP and now the Hazira LNG Pvt Ltd will prove to be a marginal effort in accounting for the same.

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