Second LNG carrier reaches Kochi

The second vessel with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) ‘Fuwairit’, with a capacity of 62,400 tonnes

Published: 16th November 2013 11:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th November 2013 11:29 AM   |  A+A-

The second vessel with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) ‘Fuwairit’, with a capacity of 62,400 tonnes, from RasGas in Qatar berthed at Petronet LNG Terminal at Puthuvype on Friday morning. The unloading of the fuel has started and the ship is likely to leave the terminal on Saturday evening. The first vessel with LNG had reached the terminal on August 20. According to Petronet LNG officials, ships carrying the fuel will come once in three months at the terminal. Though the first ship had to wait 10-odd days in the outer sea due to nondredging, this time it has not met with this problem. The LNG Terminal, which was commissioned in August, is operating at less than 10 per cent of its total capacity of five million tonnes per annum. At present it has got four major customers -- FACT, BPCL Kochi Refinery, Nitta Gelatin and HOC L. “The fuel this time will last at least for two to three months as there is no considerable increase in the number of customers. The noncompletion of the pipeline in the state is a major concern now. If the under-utilisation of the terminal continues, ships with LNG would be required once in three months,” said a Petronet LNG official. The first vessel to the terminal also came from Ras- Gas in Qatar.



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